The June Auction
Rare Chinese Export 'Lady Washington States China' Plate leads the June Auction.
Capturing the attention of public institutions and private collectors alike, the 'Lady Washington States China' plate soared above its $25,000-50,000 pre-sale estimate when it fetched $244,000 in The June Auction. The plate is an example from Martha Washington's porcelain tea service of approximately 40 pieces, presented to her in April 1796 by the Dutch trader Andreas van Braam Houckgeest. Designed for Mrs. Washington by van Braam himself, the service celebrated the nascent United States of America through the decorative motif repeated on each piece. Today, fewer than 20 pieces of the remarkable service remain.
Jewelry by Cartier, paintings by Mary Cassatt, William Bradford, Albert Backus, and James Buttersworth, and important American furniture also achieved top results.