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Period: Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Dimensions: height: 2.8 cm; mouth diameter: 12.1 cm; foot diameter: 7.3 cm

This plate has an open mouth, round foot, and shallow, arced sides. The exterior has a plain, lustrous finish while the interior is ornamented with Canton enamel. The rim interior has a band of blue with gold-outlined floral designs. The interior walls have four floral sprays around the central design of family arms. Researchers have identified the arms as belonging to the Van Spaen and Van Hogendorp families, both known for their lineages in the Dutch nobility. The plate was owned by Baron van Spaen (1746–1827) and his wife Sara Johanna van Hogendorp (1755–1828) and may have been made to commemorate their wedding anniversary in the year of 1785. The piece is a splendid example of Chinese armorial porcelain.

Chinese entry by Huang Weiwen
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign Kang Xiaolu

 

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