A fine and rare armorial circular tureen and cover for the Portuguese market, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, circa 1720

Lot 303. A fine and rare armorial circular tureen and cover for the Portuguese market, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, circa 1720; 31cm., 12in. Estimate 40,000 - 60,000 GBPLot sold 39,650 GBP. Photo courtesy Sotheby's 2008

the deep rounded sides raised on a domed spreading foot, brightly decorated in underglaze-blue, polychrome enamels and gilt to the front and back face with the arms of Dom Luis Peregrino de Ataide, divided by elaborate floral strapwork, the interior similarly decorated with a narrow band beneath the rim, the conical cover similarly decorated with an interlaced gilt monogram within floral strapwork and surmounted by a globular finial. Quantity: 2. 

Provenance: Galerie Kugel, Paris, 1970's.

Note: For a very similar tureen and cover with the same arms but very slightly different decoration, see Nuno de Castro, Chinese Porcelain and The Heraldry of the Empire, Lisbon, 1988, p.54.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 05 Nov 08. London