Deaccessioned April 25, 2013
Covered vegetable dish
Object Place: East Asia, China for export
8 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.
Medium or Technique
Chinese for export. [One of a] Pair of covered vegetable dishes. Rectangular with slanting sides, fluted corners, gilded rim, inset domed cover, gilded cone finial. Decoration inside dish & on cover. Set with 2215-2321.41.
Northeast Auctions description:
Each painted on the interior and cover with the arms and ‘AD ARAUJO” in gold on a blue banner, the rims reserved with blue scroll-edged panels of agricultural and river landscape views alternating with roundels of wild animals and songbirds in pale purple and sepia enamels.
The Portuguese man of letters Antonio de Araujo e Azevedo (1754-1817), 1st and only Count da Barca, had a noted career as a diplomat and politician and was the recipient of many awards and honors. Among his positions and achievements was Envoy Extraordinary to the Courts of the Hague and St. Petersburg, and Minister Plenipotentiary to the First French Republic in 1795 and 1801. Later he became the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and War. He was Minister of Naval Affairs in Brazil in 1814, and in 1817 became Prime Minister and Councilor of State.
With the arms of Antonio de Araujo de Azevedo
Helena Woolworth McCann (b. 1878 - d. 1938), Syosset, NY; by descent to her children, Constance (Mrs. Joseph V.) McMullan, Helena (Mrs. Winston F. C.) Guest, and Frasier McCann; 1941, lent to the MFA by the children of Mrs. McCann, through the Winfield Foundation, New York; 1951, gift of the Winfield Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 10, 1951, Deaccession Date: April 24, 2013)
The Helena Woolworth McCann Collection—Gift of the Winfield Foundation