A rare example of Chinese export porcelain specifically made for the Portuguese market, this 10″plate plate is well-painted with a central detailed image of a Portuguese merchant ship named the BRILLIANTE, within cavetto and rim borders of a double keyfret design in a bright blue enamel. The ship flies a flag inscribed MAS for its owner Miguel Alva Sousa of Macau and the service was most likely used onboard the ship. Discussed and illustrated in Howard & Ayers’ book China for the West, Vol. I, page 228. With only two very minor short lines to the reverse sealed and minor enamel abrasion, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1825.
A similar plate from this service sold at Christies on January 20, 2021, Lot 13 for $30,000.00, ours more moderately priced at $5,000.00