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Vincennes porcelain factory (1738-56)

Broth bowl and stand c. 1748

RCIN 19605

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It is likely that this écuelle was specially commissioned for or by a prince of the House of Stuart. The most likely candidate is Charles Edward Stuart (1720-88), the Young Pretender, who spent many years in exile in France. His grandfather, James II and VII, had fled Britain after refusing to abandon Catholicism in 1688. The British throne then passed to the protestant William of Orange, who arrived from the Netherlands, to rule jointly with his wife (James II’s daughter) as William III and Mary II. The Stuarts maintained their claim to throne for several generations.