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Armorial Plate with Gold Outlining and Famille Rose Designs

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Period: Qianlong reign (1736–1795), Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Dimensions: height: 6.8 cm; mouth diameter: 45 cm; foot diameter: 26 cm

This plate has an open mouth, round foot, and shallow, rounded sides. The interior, exterior, and the area inside the foot are covered in a white glaze. The exterior has a plain, lustrous finish while the interior has designs in famille rose. The interior sides have two opposing abbreviations rendered in floral designs and two opposing towers flying the Swedish flag. A colorful ribbon with the inscription PLACIDO ROBORE, which translates to “Safety in Tranquility”, flies above each fortress. The center of the interior features a wreath of bamboo and blossoms around three lines of Latin text—an excerpt of satire by the Roman poet Juvenalis (act. late-first and early-second centuries).

The abbreviations AEP and JVU rendered in floral designs on either side of the plate’s interior represent Anna Elisabeth Pike and Jacob Jeansson von Utfall (1715–1791). From 1736 to 1745, von Utfall went to Guangzhou on four commercial voyages of the Swedish East India Company, for which he served twice as assistant and twice as supercargo. The central floral wreath was designed by von Utfall in 1765 in celebration of his fiftieth birthday.

This plate was donated to the Palace Museum in 2005 by Volvo Trucks Greater China of the Volvo Group.

Chinese entry by Zhao Xiaochun
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu


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