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Rare Robert Lewis Stevenson Chinaware Plate 'Vailima'

Regular price $1,200.00 Sale

Rare Robert Lewis Stevenson Chinaware Plate 'Vailima' A gorgeous classic collectible plate that will perfectly accent your china cabinet with a charming touch of vintage Hawaii! Measurements: 7 diameter. Stamped with "Booths Silioon China Made In England." Condition: Good. A fine cracking pattern is visible on the plate, although there are no chips or damage to the art. The village of Vailima in Samoa is best known as the location of the last residence of Robert Louis Stevenson, named 'Villa Vailima'. The estate has also been the residence for the governor of German Samoa, the administrator of the New Zealand mandatory authority and the Samoan head of state. It is now a museum in honour of Stevenson and has been substantially restored. The name Vailima means "water in the hand", according to an old Samoan tale. A woman gave some water (vai) in her hand (lima) to help her thirsty companion. A widely quoted misinterpretation states that the name means "five waters", as the word "lima" means both 'hand' and "five" in Samoan. Stevenson is buried in a tomb on Mount Vaea overlooking Vailima. He had two wishes for his burial, to be buried on the top of Mt Vaea and to be buried with his boots on as he used those boots to walk on the Samoan lands. #GJE