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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1795 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in enamels and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr P. Cooke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Plate, porcelain, with shallow depth and spreading rim pierced with honeycomb pattern in the German style and recessed glazed base, and painted in enamels. In the centre are two shields leaning against a palm tree, one with the quartered arms with a helmet, and the other with three horse heads on a white ground and the motto 'Per mare per terras'. The arms are of Macdonald, accollée with (possibly) Forbes, 1. Argent a lion rampant gules; 2. Or a dexter arm in armour couped fesswise holding a crosslet fitched gules; 3. Or a galley her sails furled sable and oars in action, flagged gules; 4. Vert a salmon naient in fess; accollée with Argent three bears' heads couped; and above the crest of Macdonald, An arm in armour in fess holding a cross crosslett fitched gules 'Nec tempore nec fato'. Round the well in a border of grapevine mainly in sepia and gilt.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1795 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in enamels and gold

Marks and inscriptions

Per mare per terras
Inscription is found on arms of Macdonald

Nec tempore nec fato
Inscription is found written on a cross, above the crest of Macdonald


Diameter: 18.9 cm

Descriptive line

Plate, porcelain, painted in enamels and gold with coat of arms, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign period, ca. 1795

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

Howard, David Santuary. Chinese Armorial Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1974, p. 279




Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Palm tree; Galley; Horse; Shields; Honeycomb; Grape vine; Lion; Salmon


Ceramics; Porcelain; Scotland


East Asia Collection

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