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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1731 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 11, shelf 6

Physical description

Plate from a much larger service. Painted in underglaze blue with a hawk on a rock amongst bamboo and roses, with a band of diamond diaper in the well and the crest of the Peers family on the rim. Outside are two flower sprays, while the rim is dressed with brown, which has not prevented massive chipping.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


ca. 1731 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue


Diameter: 35.7 cm

Object history note

Two services with the Peers arms were made in 1731; the invoices have been preserved. That in underglaze blue was invoiced on 19 November 1731 at 40 taels for 255 pieces (an average of approximately one shilling per piece). The other service was enamelled, shipped by the 'Harrison' which left Canton on 8 January 1732, and invoiced on 10 December 1731 at a cost of 228 tales for 524 pieces (an average cost of just under three shillings per piece).

Both services were invoiced to Charles Peers Esq. of Chislehampton Lodge in Oxfordshire, son of Sir Charles who had been Lord Mayor of London in 1715. (His great grandson, Lieut George Watt, R. N., was killed on the 'Shannon' during its famous action with the 'Chesapeake').

Descriptive line

Plate, porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue; China (Jingdezhen), Qing dynasty, ca. 1731

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

Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.42, pl.46

Production Note



Porcelain; Cobalt oxide


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Crests; Bamboo; Diaper-work; Hawks (birds of prey); Roses (flowers)


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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