REF No. 5300
chinese export porcelain armorial plate
Yongzheng period circa 1735
Diameter: 9 inches; 23cm
An important armorial dinner plate decorated in fine famille rose enamels with the arms of Grimaldi di Castro on the rim and also a monogram below a coronet, the rim with four panels of pink trellis diaper and the cavetto with blue Y diaper between two borders of gilt, the centre of the plate with a medallion of four sets of butterfly wings surrounding a bee en grisaille. The arms are of Grimaldi di Castro though the colours are incorrect, they should be Fusilly argent and gules, on a chief or and eagle sable. It is not exactly clear who this was made for.
The Grimaldi family originated from Genoa and were granted the Seigneurie of Monaco in 1331. In 1731 Prince James I succeeded his wife, Princess Louise Hyppolite, who had only just succeeded her father Prince Antoine I in the same year. By 1733 James had moved to the comforts of a life in Paris, leaving the title to his thirteen year old son, Prince Honore III, who reigned for sixty years. This was most likely made for him at the start of his reign. Though this service is illustrated in a number of books, pieces seem to be rare.
REFERENCES: HOWARD, David S. (1994), The Choice of the Private Trader, p77 cat 59, a dinner plate from the service; FORBES, HA Crosby- (1982) Yang-Ts'ai: The Foreign Colours - Rose Porcelains of the Ch'ing Dynasty, p 45 No 80, a plate; ALVES, Jorge et al (1998) Caminhos da Porcelana - Dinastias Ming e Qing, p297 No 108, another dinner plate.