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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1745 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in polychrome enamels and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr P. Cooke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 136, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 9, shelf 3

Physical description

Plate, porcelain, painted in enamels and gold, with arms of Holbourne of Menstrie, Baronets of Nova Scotia. In the centre is a quatrefoil painted with a medallion containing the view of Fort St. George, Madras, and on the rim to either side with views of the Pearl River, Canton and Plymouth Sound. The arms recorded in 1755 as Quarterly first and fourth gules a fess humetée between three crescents or second and third argent (here or) an orle gules; crest, A demi lion rampant holding a mullet argent; motto 'deus summum virtus'.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1745 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in polychrome enamels and gold

Marks and inscriptions

deus summum virtus


Diameter: 23.1 cm

Descriptive line

Plate, porcelain painted in enamels and gold with coat of arms, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign period, ca. 1745

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

Howard, David Santuary. Chinese Armorial Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1974, p. 325
Howard, David and John Ayers. China for the West. London and New York: Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1978, p.?
Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, pp.13-14, pl.8




Painted; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Coat of arms


Ceramics; Porcelain; Scotland


East Asia Collection

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