REF No. 6741 GG
GG: Chinese export armorial porcelain teapot stand, arms of Lambert
Kangxi period circa 1720-22
Diameter: 5½ inches; 14cm
from the Golden Gate Collection
A Chinese export porcelain hexagonal teapot stand with a central coat of arms, decorated in iron red and gold with touches of blue, green yellow, black and some pink enamel.
The Motto is in Italian: ‘Seguitando si guinge’ (By following it, you go along).
This is one of the earliest recorded uses of the pink enamel that gave its name to the famille rose palette.
This service was made for Sir John Lambert (1666-1723) an English merchant, born of French protestant parents (John Lambert of the Isle of Ré and Marie le Fevre). He was educated in England and married Madeleine Beuzelin of Rouen. He was a Director of the South Sea Company and was created a baronet in 1711 after loaning large sums of money to the British Treasury. The badge of the ‘red hand of Ulster’ denotes the baronetcy.
He was involved in much of the fraudulent activity that resulted in the collapse of the South Sea Company in late 1720, and Lambert lost most of his wealth in that crash. So this service must have been ordered and paid for before then, suggesting the earliest date for the use of the pink enamel.
References: Howard & Ayers 1978, p407, a plate from this service; Howard 1974, p206, a tazza; Sotheby’s London, November 1968 (almost exactly 50 years ago) a hexagonal teapot stand sold for £60; Le Corbeiller 1974, p46, an octagonal dish which is also illustrated in Tudor Craig 1925, p70; Bullivant Collection, Phillips, March 1988, lot 87, a tankard.