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Soup Plate (assiette à potage); hard-paste porcelain; painted with the arms and motto of the Earls of Stair with mantlings in the centre and the crest of Dalrymple on the rim; the rim and edge of the border are gilt; maker's mark.
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Diameter: 23.60 centimetres
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- For a Sèvres tureen, cover and stand painted with the Dalrymple arms and crest see Tajan, Four Seasons Hotel, George V, Paris, Collection de Monsieur B. et divers amateurs, 17 December 2003, lot 52 (estimate 2,400-3000 Euros), marks unknown.
On 16 December 1824 'Milord Stair' of rue de Clichy No. 42 Chaussée d'Antin ordered 12 soup plates and 60 plates. The decoration was specified as 'deux filets d'or sur le marli armoire coloriée Au milieu Roche colorié sur un baton rond or et bleu le tout conforme au modèle et aux dessins et instructions données' (MNS, Archives de Sèvres, Vtt 2, f. 37). The price for the decoration was 9 francs without the rock. The sales register (MNS, Vz 4, f. 174v) show that the order was delivered on 4 February 1825, each soup plate costing 11 francs and the model for the plate costing 32 francs. The total cost, which included a ten per cent discount, amounted to 741 francs 60 centimes.
As the 6th Earl of Stair died in June 1821, the soup plate was presumably ordered by John William Henry Dalrymple, 7th Earl of Stair (1784-1840. The son of General Sir William Dalrymple, he married, in 1808, Laura, youngest daughter of George Manners, Esq. and Louise, Countess of Dysart. The marriage was dissolved the following year in consequence of his having entered into a marriage contract with Johanna, daughter of Charles Gordon, Esq. of Clunie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This marriage was dissolved in June 1820. The Earl died at Paris without issue (Biographical information from W. Anderson, 'The Scottish Nation', Vol. III, Edinburgh, 1863, p. 506. Information kindly supplied by Tony Stevenson. Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple has kindly drawn to the author's attention another work giving information on this family, H. Hamilton-Dalrymple, 'Genealogical Account of the Dalrymples of Stair, Earls of Stair', privately printed, 1909).
A Sèvres plate of 'around 1820' painted with the arms and motto of Baron Combermere and his second wife Caroline Greville was on the London market in 1987 (Sotheby's, 17 March 1987, Lot 105, present whereabouts unknown).
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- Two chips on foot rim.
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