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armorial plate


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Title armorial plate
Collection Artworld: Oriental Museum
Date 1802 - 1803 (circa)
Description Export ware plate, part of a Scottish armorial service.
Heavily potted porcelain oval plate with a narrow footring and flat unglazed base. The plate is decorated in deep underglaze blue with a diaper pattern around the rim and four floral sprays, each incorporating one of the Hundred Antiquities; for example, the floral spray above the armorial design incorporates scrolls. At the centre of the plate is a coat of arms with lion crest in coloured overglaze enamels and traces of gilt. There are traces of gilt around the rim. The plate is covered with a thick, undulating transparent glaze, except for the base.
Description Source Legeza, I.L. 1972. Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of the Malcolm Macdonald Collection of Chinese Ceramics in the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art and Archaeology, University of Durham. London: Oxford University Press, p. 81
Cultural Context Chinese
Id Number Current Accession 1969.343
Id Number Former Accession MacDonald cat. 390
Location Creation Site Zhonghua, Jiangxi, Jingdezhen
Location Current Repository The Oriental Museum
Subject receptacle/vessel, plate
Measurements 33.2 x 3.9 x 27.1 cm
Context The arms are: 'azure a lion rampant within a bordure argent, on a chief of the three mullets or six points of the first' (one mullet is covered) for Inglis, originally of Edinburgh; with in pretence 'sable a lion rampant or, in chief three étoiles' for Wilson, on the arms is an escutcheon with 'the Red Hand of Ulster' denoting a baronetcy and the crest is a 'demi lion propper holding in the dexter paw a mullet as in the arms' for Inglis.
Hugh Inglis was a director and later chairman of the East India Company. He was created a baronet on 26 June 1801 but the title is now extinct.
He had married firstly Catherine Johnson who died in 1792 (there is a service made with their arms about 1784). Two years later he married Mary, daughter and heir of George Wilson of Bedford Row in London (May 1794). He lived at Milton Bryant in Bedfordshire which he inherited from Henry Johnson, his first father-in-law.
This service must therefore have been made after his baronetcy was conferred - probably in 1802 for it is unlikely that the order would have reached China in the summer of 1801.
Context Source Legeza, I.L. 1972. Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of the Malcolm Macdonald Collection of Chinese Ceramics in the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art and Archaeology, University of Durham. London: Oxford University Press, p. 81
Relation References Legeza, I.L. 1972. Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of the Malcolm Macdonald Collection of Chinese Ceramics in the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art and Archaeology, University of Durham. London: Oxford University Press
Rights Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved
Rights Owner OM
Style Period Qing Dynasty, Jiaqing
Work Type plate
 

 

 

 

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