Chinese export porcelain.
Armorial dish (diameter: 25cm).
Qianlong period, circa 1750.
This service was ordered for Service ordered for Noël DANYCAN de L’ESPINE (Saint-Malo 1658 – Paris 1734/35). He was an exceptional navigator: after fighting the British along the coast of Newfoundland, he searched for sea routes in South America where he discovered the Îles Malouines (now Falklands Islands), one of which bore his name (now Sea Lion Island). After he successfully navigated around the Cape Horn, he founded the Compagnie des Mers du Sud, a tough competitor for the Spaniards who, until then, held the monopoly in the region. He had become so wealthy that he was able to lend King LOUIS XIV the vast sum of fourteen millions livres. He became a partner in the Compagnie de Chine, which he bailed out, while becoming Director of the Compagnie du Nord. He was ennobled in 1695 through his office of Secretary to the King of the Parlement of Brittany. He was made Knight in the Order of Saint Michael in 1706. In 1711, with his two brothers and DUGAY-TROUIN, he captured Rio de Janeiro. Later he became conseiller-maître in the chambre des comptes in Paris. From his two marriages, one to Marguerite CHANTOISEAU (?–1709), and the other to Hélène MUGUET, he had two daughters and two sons.
The DANYCAN family came from Coutances (Normandy) and came to SaintMalo around 1640.
Provenance: Private collection, France.
Price: Upon request at the gallery.
Bibliography: A. Lebel, French and Swiss armorials on Chinese export porcelain in the 18th century, the author, 2009, p. 192.