armorial porcelain deep dish painted with fly amidst butterfly wings, turquoise ground with reserve cartouches enclosing arms and monogram of Grimaldi

Dish, c. 1735

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Dutch botanist Maria Sybille Merian (1646-1717) traveled to the Dutch West Indies and painted a variety of detailed botanical and insect motifs popularized by prints and ceramics. This plate features the arms of a branch of the ruling Grimaldi family of Monaco - the butterfly wings enclosing a bee symbolize long life and industry.

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armorial porcelain deep dish painted with fly amidst butterfly wings, turquoise ground with reserve cartouches enclosing arms and monogram of Grimaldi