A very rare pair of Chinese armorial plates for the Swiss market (Menzi). Qianlong
Decorated in the famille rose palette, with the coat of arms of the Menzi family (canton of Glaris). The border is decorated with a rococo shell border and foliage in shades of pink .
- Period :
- Qianlong (1736-1795), circa 1760
- 8.66 in. (23 cm)
- Reference :
Chinese armorial porcelain ordered for the Swiss market are very rare. Only twelve services are repertoried, including the Menzi service.
Only two pieces of the Menzi service were repertoried in the exhibition Le voyage aux Indes. Porcelaines de Chine pour des familles suisses, 1740-1780, curated by Vincent Libert (2016, château de Nyon, Swiss) : a cup and saucer, and a plate.
The cup and saucer was exhibited by Cohen & Cohen at the TEFAF in 2015 and the plate is in the collections of the Musée Historique de Nyon (Switzerland), purchased with the help of the friends of the museum.
Many catholic branches of the Menzi family which could have been in the service of France, as protestant branches which could have been in trade with the indies. The members of this family were mainly established in the districts of Kerenzen, Obstalden and Mühlehorn, on the shores of Lake Walenstadt.