Lot #12
U. S. Grant

Rare hand-painted fish plate, ordered by Grant while in China on his post-presidency world tour
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Estimate: $4000+

Description

Rare hand-painted fish plate, ordered by Grant while in China on his post-presidency world tour

Ulysses S. Grant's personally-owned hand-painted porcelain plate, ordered while in China in 1879 after his meeting with Li Hongzhang during his post-presidency world tour. The beautiful plate measures 8.5″ in diameter, and features a blue-and-green fish at center, encircled by an ornate and intricate border of colorful flowers and butterflies. Professionally and expertly restored to fine condition. As one of just 24 hand-painted fish plates delivered to the Grants upon their return to America, this rare and impeccable piece reveals Grant's fine taste. Provenance: originally from the collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, and retains his label on the reverse. Accompanied by a hardcover copy of the book Tour Around the World by General Grant, by James D. McCabe, which includes a chapter on his adventures in China.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #580 - Ended April 08, 2020