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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in enamels and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr P. Cooke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 136, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 9, shelf 1

Physical description

Plate, porcelain, with a rim shaped in four pointed lobes, painted in famille rose enamels and gold with the arms of Drake. In the centre is the design of two pheasants on a rock with peonies. Round the rim is a border of rocaille work in European style with elements of shells and also what appear to be pottery kilns with vents sprouting smoke and cartwheels. Below is a roccoco shield containing the arms of Drake, Awyvern with wings displayed and tail nowed; the crest is not recorded (in the form of a castle?).

The arms could also be of Venables (Argent a wyvren passant gules). The arms are similar to another, with a different crest, made for the Drake family of Shardeloes in Buckinghamshire and identical to a tea service mae a little later. These two may have been made for Captain Richard Drake of the Hawk, at Canton in 1758.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1750 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in enamels and gold


Diameter: 23.3 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, porcelain, painted in famille rose enamels and gold with coat of arms, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign, ca. 1750

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

Howard, David Santuary. Chinese Armorial Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1974, p. 337
Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.42, pl.47




Gilding; Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Peonies; Rock; Smoke; Kilns; Pheasants


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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