20TH Century Chinese Export Reproduction of a Sacred Bird and Butterfly Plate measuring 6 7/8" in diameter. Historic Charleston Reproduction Made By Mottahedeh. Mottahedeh was and still is a factory in Portugal. Mildred Mottahedeh was one of if not the largest and most well known collector of 18th and 19th century chinese export porcelain. She loved it so much that she and her husband Raffi opened a factory in Portugal many years ago to reproduce these fine antique examples. The original orange sacred bird and butterfly pattern was made in the early to late 19th century. There was a lady in the Washington, D.C. Area who before she died gave her collection to the Historic Charleston, S.C. Museum.
Mottahedeh apparently came along and reproduced it and it is sold in CHARLESTON. Several years ago I met this ladies daughter at a show in Washington, D.C. at a show I was exhibiting at and she has started purchasing old antique pieces of this pattern from me.