Lot 12. Property of a Dutch Baronial Family. A Chinese export armorial famille-rose tea set with the coat-of-arms of the House of Orange, Qing dynasty, circa 1747. Estimate £15,000–25,000. © Sotheby's
comprising: a tea pot and cover; covered sugar bowl; covered cream jug; waste bowl; a smaller bowl; twelve cups and nine saucers; a small dish; two shell-shaped dishes; each decorated with the arms of Prince William IV Karel Hendrick Friso of Orange (1711-1751) within an elaborate border of floral garlands, inscribed with the motto VIVAT ORANYE. Quantity: 32; the teapot diameter: 11 cm, 4 3/8 in.
Thence by direct descent to the present owner.
Huis Overbeek, Velp.
Related Literature: Dr. Jochem Kroes, Chinese Armorial porcelain for the Dutch Market, Zwolle 2007, cat. nr. 226, pp. 309- 310, p. 585.
Note: A similar service consisting of thirty-eight pieces also dating from circa 1747 and decorated with the coat-of-arms of Willem IV and the motto 'vivat oranye', but lacking the other decoration, is in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Het Loo (Kroes, op. cit., cat. nr. 318). Further pieces of what were probably originally only two services commissioned by different Orangist patrons include:
- a hexagonal teapot stand with fluted sides, Chinese Porcelain Company New York ('CPC New York'), 28 April-24 May 1994, lot no. 33 (Sotheby’s New York, 14 October 1993, lot 170, together with tea caddy and 2 cups and 2 saucers) (Kroes, op. cit., cat. no 226);
- a tea caddy with cover and applied scrollwork at the foot, CPC New York, 28 April-24 May 1994, lot 34;
- 2 teacups and 2 saucers, CPC New York 28 April-24 May 1994, lots 35-36;
- a teacup and saucer, CPC New York, 12 October-4 November 1995, lot 129;
- another teapot stand and tea caddy with cover, Christie's New York, 22 January 2002, lot 169.
Sotheby's. Of Royal and Noble Descent, London, 17 Jan 2018, 10:30 AM