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Plate

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gilding

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr R.A. Pfungst

  • Museum number:

    C.120-1923

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 22, shelf 3

In the 18th century Europeans greatly admired the white and resistant body of Chinese porcelain, available at low cost, but in addition to traditional shapes and designs, they also ordered tableware and household objects made in imitation of western items or with specific decorative motifs, including coat of arms, monograms and inscriptions. The East India trading companies supplied Chinese potters of models and patterns to copy.

This dish, produced at the kilns of Jingdezhen in southeast China in the late 18th century, was made specifically for export. It is painted with several alternative border and armorial designs, samples of the manufacturer's stock of decorative styles and patterns, which could be selected by the European customers.

Physical description

Porcelain pattern plate, one of a series, showing the manufacturer's stock of designs. Decorated in polychrome enamels and gilding, in the middle a blank shield with an ermine cloak and a medallion containing 'FM' in monogram, surrounded by a double border of pattern diapers. Between the borders inserted at the cardinal points with the patterns numbered 17, 18, 19 and 20.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)

Date

ca. 1790 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gilding

Marks and inscriptions

'FM' in monogram within a medallion on the front

'17, 18, 19, 20' round the rim

'Synchong FM' in black
Mark

Dimensions

Diameter: 24.8 cm

Descriptive line

Armorial porcelain. Porcelain pattern plate, one of a series, decorated in polychrome enamels and gilding, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1790

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lloyd Hyde, J.A. Oriental Lowestoft New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1936, p. 12
Phillips, John Goldsmith China-trade porcelain Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1956, fig. 22

Labels and date

Dinner plate with English arms, and pattern plate
China, (41) about 1728; (42) about 1795
The coat of arms is that of an English merchant. The pattern plate, advertising various decorative styles, shows alternative border and armorial designs.
Museum nos. FE.43-1978, given by Mr P. Cooke; C.120-1923, given by
Mr R.A. Pfungst [September 2009]

Production Note

Attribution date taken from the inventory record

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Gilding

Subjects depicted

Medallions (ornament areas); Diaper-work; Cloaks; Shields (motifs)

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

East Asia Collection

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