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Dia.: 21,5 cm
The coat of arms belongs to the De Pinto family. It has five crescents (two-one-two) and the crest of a plume of three ostrich feathers. The arms on several examples differ from the original with inverted crescents and once ovals. The De Pinto family of Portugal bore a white shield with five red crescents, and in blue this should have been painted as blue crescents on a white ground. (Howard & Ayers, 1978, p.63), (Kroes 2007, p.107)
The De Pinto family were Jewish and came from Spain and Portugal, arriving in Rotterdam and Amsterdam about the middle of the 17th century. Later, in the third quarter of that century, they also settled in The Hague. The De Pintos became very wealthy and lived in grand style in patrician homes and landed estates. Several members of this family could have commissioned this porcelain, such as David Emanuel (1652-1712) or one of his three cousins: Mozes (c.1654-1729), Aron (died 1718) and Joseph (died 1740). Mozes and Aron lived in The Hague and the famous philosopher Isaac de Pinto (1717-1787) was Aron's grandson. David Emanuel and Joseph both lived in the Sint Antoniesbreestraat in the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam. David Emanuel, the wealthiest member of his family, probably commissioned this armorial service.
David Emanuel de Pinto (born Rotterdam, 1652; died Amsterdam, 27 October 1712) inherited his patrician house in Sint Antoniesbreestraat, no.69, from his father Isaac who had bought it in 1651 for fl.30,000. (Kroes 2007, p.107)