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Deaccessioned April 25, 2013

Fish platter

Chinese Export
about 1785


Legacy dimension: 1724 L. 22 7/8" W. 12 3/8" rim mended. 1725 L. 22 5/8" W. 12 1/4"

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels


Asia, Europe



One of a pair of platters (see 51.792). Chinese for export, for Spanish market. Elliptical, long and narrow, with flaring sides and shaped edge.

Northeast Auctions description:
Each painted and gilt with the arms of Galvez encircled by the Order of Charles III of Spain and within pennants and cannons, the well surrounded by a chain border and the rim with foliate swags and flowers pendant from the molded rim and sawtooth band.

This service was made for either Don Matias or his brother Don Jose de Galvez. Don Jose (1729-87), made Marquis of Somora in 1785, was also Minister of the Indies and Govenor of the Council of Indies, a Colonial Administrator, and protector of the Franciscan missions in California. His brother Don Matias de Galvez y Gallardo (1725-84) was a Spanish general, the Captain General of Guatemala from 1779-1783, and Viceroy of New Spain in 1783-84, and it has been suggested that this service was made for him.


The arms of Galvez encircled by the Order of Charles III of Spain and within pennants and cannons.


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)

Credit Line

The Helena Woolworth McCann Collection—Gift of the Winfield Foundation