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A famille verte ‘Provinces’ dish, circa 1720Estimate 7,000 – $10,000 USD. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015.

Enameled with the arms of Gelderlant within petal-shaped panels enclosing figures and antiques, honeycomb pattern at the rim; 15 in. (38.1 cm.) diameter

Property of a New York collector

Note: Series of these dishes, in four related patterns, were ordered in China in the 1720’s with the arms of the principle towns and provinces of present-day Belgium and the Netherlands, plus the arms of England and France. 23 different arms seem to comprise each series.

Christie’s. MANDARIN & MENAGERIE: THE SOWELL COLLECTION AND CHINESE EXPORT ART FROM VARIOUS OWNERS, 26 January 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

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