GEORGE WASHINGTON AND BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. A PAIR OF FRENCH PORCELAIN POLYCHROME PORTRAIT PLAQUES, CIRCA 1820-30.

Est. $1,400-$2,200

Sold: $9,600 ($8,000)

The Marquis de Lafayette made a triumphal return to America in 1824, visiting the land he had helped gain independence almost 50 years before. To mark the occasion, many pairs of Paris Porcelain vases decorated with portraits such as these of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Franklin were produced for the American market. Diameter of each plaque 3 ¾ inches. In ebonized wood frames, 6 ⅝ x 6 ⅜ inches.