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Premier Auction - Session II - February 4, 2023

Sat, Feb 4, 2023 09:00AM EST
Lot 744

Chinese Export Armorial Porcelain Plates, Boothby and Talbot

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

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$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

circa 1725, plate having central arms quartered, depicting Boothby quartering Scrimshire and impaling Clopton, arms decorated with gilt lion rampant and crosses, in cobalt, and iron red, within bands of spearheads, the rim having crest of a demi man in armor, holding sword in right hand resting on shoulder, left hand with shield, panels of vessels and floral sprays, 8-3/4 in.; circa 1735, soup bowl central arms halved, left arms of Talbot, with gilt lion rampant, impaling Clopton of Warwick, the right side quartered with lion rampant and crosses in cobalt, gilt and iron red, spearhead border, rim, with gilt lion passant, having floral sprays, books, and vases, 9 in.


Note: These two plates were made for two sisters, the daughters of Sir Hugh Clopton, thus the impalements (right side) for Clopton are the same on both plates.

Plate: "This Boothby family originated in Staffordshire as do the Scrimshires, and Thomas Boothby, of Norbury in Staffordshire, assumed the name of Skrymshire, was 'Regulator General' of all ships trading with Britain, and married Anne, daughter of Sir Hugh Clopton, Bt., of New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. He lived at Tooley Park and Foston, Leicestershire."

Chinese Armorial Porcelain Volume I, David S. Howard, Faber & Faber, 31 May 1974, p. 203.

Soup bowl: "Henry Talbot of Dorking, Surrey, a Commissioner of Revenue, married secondly in 1735 Catherine, daughter of Sir Hugh Clopton of Stratford on Avon (for whom a service had earlier been made and for whose other daughter a service was made--see above). He died in 1784.

In the arms the crescent denotes the family of a second son (of Sir John Talbot who died in 1549). The descendants of this line were created Earls Talbot and eventually succeeded to the much earlier Earldom of Shrewsbury."

Chinese Armorial Porcelain Volume I, David S. Howard, Faber & Faber, 31 May 1974, p. 196.



Provenance: Plate Bonhams London, Coats Collection, 20 June 2006, Lot 18, sold for $1,087 (label to base); Soup bowl Heirloom & Howard, Ltd., UK, September 2001; Christopher M. Weld, Essex, Massachusetts


plate spotting, scratching, repaired hairline crack to center approx. 5 in., repaired hairlines to rim, anomalies (as made), labels to reverse, under blacklight numerous spots on crest and to rim fluoresce; soup bowl repaired hairlines to rim and one across entire body, scratching, spotting, with some minor losses to paint decoration, labels to reverse, adhesive residue, under blacklight hairlines and small areas to rim fluoresce