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Chinese export porcelain.

Covered ewer and basin (height of the ewer: 15,6cm; width of the basin: 32,9cm).
Qianlong period, circa 1775.


     Decorated with flower bouquets in Famille Rose enamels, the ewer and basin bear the arms of Service ordered for Charles-Joseph-Alexandre MARTIMPREY de VILLEFONT (1733–1813).

     In 1746, he was admitted in the cadets-gentilshommes of King STANISLAS of Lorraine, and then in 1753 he began his military career as enseigne. He became Lieutenant in 1754, Captain in 1759, and assistant to aide-major in 1763. He was given a company in 1764, and became aide-major in 1774. The same year he was made Knight in the Order of Saint Louis. In 1776, he became Captain in charge of training, then Captain of grenadiers in 1778 and finally Lieutenant-Colonel in a Royal Regiment of grenadiers. He died without issue.


Provenance: Private collection, France.
Condition: Perfect except for two chips filled in on the cover of the ewer ans small restoration on the knop of the cover.
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. 164.