5.000 - 7.000
10 December 2020
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Chinese export porcelain
Polychrome and gilt decoration with Portuguese Royal armorial with Maltese cross
Qianlong reign, ca. 1780
This set was commissioned by Prince D.Pedro, later King Pedro III, uncle and husband to Queen Maria I. The prince was the 16th Prior of Crato the highest position in Portugal of the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (Knights of Malta).
Literature:Nuno de Castro, "A Porcelana Chinesa ao Tempo do Império", pp. 163-164; A. Varela Santos, "Portugal na Porcelana da China - 500 Anos de Comércio", vol II, capa e pp. 543 a 551