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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1728-1730 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr P. Cooke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 22, shelf 3

This dish, made in China in around 1730, was made by special order and exported to England. It is decorated with the coat of arms of an English family, the Skinner, and is part of a service made for one of three brothers: Richard, a London merchant, Matthew, Chief Justice of Chester, or Samuel, an East Indiaman captain killed by pirates in 1731 off the coast of India.

During the 18th century the fashion for Chinese porcelain, then available at affordable costs, was at its heighest in Europe. In addition to traditional shapes and designs, European customers 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 models and patterns to be copied to the Chinese potters.

Physical description

Plate, porcelain with sloping rim, painted in underglaze blue with a floral band and many different blooms round the rim, and with a feathery scrollwork with isolated blooms of pansies round the well. In the centre are the coat of arms of Skinner, a chevron Sable between three griffins' heads erased argent, and crest in red and black overglaze enamels and gilding. A griffin's head erased argent holding in the mouth a gauntlet gules on the rim.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


ca. 1728-1730 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gold


Diameter: 23 cm

Descriptive line

Plate, armorial porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gold with coat of arms, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign period, ca. 1728-30

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

Howard, David Sanctuary The choice of the Private Trader London: Zwemmer, 1994, cat. no. 246, p. 171, ISBN 0302006427

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



Porcelain; Cobalt oxide


Painted; Gilded; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Griffins; Coats of arms; Flowers; Scroll-work


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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