Elegant antique armorial porcelain teapot decorated with handpainted combined coat of arms of two families and two distinct mottoes:
"Plutot mourir que me souiller" (Rather die than be defiled), words of St. Paul de la Croix and motto of Baron de Hugel, of a noble family of Belgian origin. Baron Charles von Hügel (1795-1870) was an Austrian diplomat, botanist, and explorer, who wrote a four volume account of his travels in Punjab and Kashmir in the 1830s. His son, Baron Friedrich von Hügel (1852-1925) was an influential Austrian Roman Catholic theologian.
"Craignez honte" (Fear disgrace) is the Bentinck family motto, a family belonging to both Dutch and British nobility. Lord William Bentinck was Governor-General of India from 1828 to 1835.
It's marked on the underside M. de Laraleye fecit Anno 1882 and an incised code G 52. The name M. de Laraleye is mentioned in a 1883 article published in The Times from London, England.
This is a large porcelain teapot modeled in a traditional Chinese export shape with an upright wicker covered handle. It has beautiful leaf and twig shaped molded details on sides, lid and spout. The hand painted armorial shield decoration is most likely a one of a kind design custom made for the families mentioned above. Perfect to display in a porcelain cabinet, kitchen or dining room. Porcelain teapot in very good condition, losses to ends of fiber weave wrap around wire and wood handle as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 8 1/2" at widest point; 6 1/4" diameter; 7" tall to top of lid finial approximately.