A Chinese armorial salt cellar. Qianlong period

Brightly enamelled to the interior with the arms of (de Pina Manique Nogueira Matos de Andrada. It is encircled by a floral chain, and floral swags are painted on the sides.

China (for the Portuguese market)
Period :
Qianlong (1736-1795), ca. 1775
(4 cm x 8 cm x 7 cm)
Reference :

Related works

For an identical salt cellar, bearing the label of Jorge Welsh, see Alberto Santos, Portugal na Porcelana da China – 500 Anos de Comércio, vol. III, Lisboa: Artemágica, 2009, pp. 936-941 (illustrated p. 940).

Nuno de Castro, A Porcelana Chinesa ao Tempo do Império – Portugal/Brasil, Lisboa: ACD Editores, 2007, p. 187 (for a cup and saucer from the Museu National de Arte Antigua).

Pedro Dias, Heráldica Portuguesa na Porcelana da China Qing, Lisboa: Fundação Macau, 2014, pp. 162-163 (for a plate in a private collection).

See alo Bonhams, Fine Asian Art, 8 november 2004, lot 424 (for a famille rose oblong dish).


The service was ordered by Diogo Inacio de Pina Manique, celebrated Intendant of the reign of D. José Ier, father of Pedro Antonio de Pina Manique. Diogo Inacio de Pina Manique married D. Inacia Margarita Umbelina de Brito Nogueira e Matos ( Andrades and Nogueiras, 1775).

Pedro Antonio de Pina Manique Nogueira Matos de Andrada was 1st and only Baron and 1st Viscount of Manique do Intendente, of the Council of King Joao VI, Councillor of the Overseas Territories, Judge of the High Court of Oporto, 2nd Lord of the town of Manique, 2nd Alcaide-Major of Portalegre.

He married D. Maria da Gloria, born in Sao Paulo (Brazil), daughter of D. Francisco da Cunha Meneses, Governor and Captain-General of S. Paulo and 79th Governor of India.

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