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Chinese export porcelain plate decorated in enamels from the famille rose (fencai) palette, arms of KER with MARTIN in pretence, Qianlong.

Stock Number: 4583

Rare Chinese export porcelain plate decorated in opaque enamels from the famille rose (fencai) palette with the arms of those of KER with MARTIN in pretence, c. 1785, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty, d. 24 cm, 9½ in. 5-14190

Illustrated: Qing Export Porcelain, by A. Varela Santos, 2015/2016, cat. 120.


Chinese Armorial Porcelain, by D.S. Howard, p. 694, V1;

• Armorial Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century, by Sir A. Tudor-Graig, London 1925, p. 41 for a salad bowl, two chestnut baskets and a dish;

• Ancient Chinese Trade Porcelain from the British Museum, London, by R. Krahl and J. Harrison, Taipei 1994, pp. 252/253, cat. 112 for a reticulated plate;

La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes a Décor Occidental, by
F. & N. Hervouët and Y. Brunneau, p. 328, cat. 14.10 for a similar plate;

Collecting Chinese Export Porcelain, by E. Gordon, 1978, p. 38, cat. 21 for a bowl with similar decoration;

• Los Angeles County Museum, Bulletin of the Art Division, Vol. 7, No. 1, Winter 1955, p. 34, fig. 37 for a dish with the same decoration;

• Armorial Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century, by Sir A. Tudor-Graig, London 1925, p. 40 for two round baskets with covers, a oval salad bowl and a octagonal meat plate;

The Choice of the Private Trader, by D.S. Howard, Minneapolis 1994, p. 101, cat. 95 for a similar plate;

• China and Sweden: Treasured Memories, 2005 Palace Museum Beijing exhibition catalogue edited by Hu Zianzhong and Ji Wei, p. 208, cat. 90 for an identical plate;

Chinese Export Art at Historic Deerfield, by A.E. Lange, Deerfield MA 2005, p.219, cat. 84 for a similar but smaller plate.

This very rare plate has a unique decoration in the repertoire of Chinese export porcelain. The central decoration shows Hope supporting the shield of KER, or Carr, with MARTIN in pretence. In the rim four reserves show the four known continents: Europe represented with guns, trade, cornucopia of wealth, and a female figure with the symbols of piece and liberty; Africa represented by a group of trading natives, an elephant and a crocodile; America by an Indian man, a bison and tobacco leaves; and finally Asia by a pagoda, a pyramid, a camel and a richly dressed Eastern man.

Ellis Martin and Elisabeth Kerr possibly commissioned this service for their daughter Jane who married her first cousin William Kerr in c. 1790.

珍稀的中國外銷瓷粉彩盤,繪有Ker联合Martin家族族徽,約1790年,清乾隆,直徑24釐米,9½ 英吋。

插图:《清代外銷瓷》, 阿.瓦瑞拉. 桑托斯, 2015/2016,目录 120。


•《中國徽記瓷器》,作者D.S. Howard, 參見第1卷,第694頁;

•《18世紀紋章瓷器》,作者Sir A. Tudor-Graig,倫敦1925年出版,參見第41頁一沙拉碗,兩隻裝栗子的 籃及一隻圓盤;

•《倫敦大英博物館藏中國古貿易瓷器》,作者R. Krahl及J. Harrison, 台北1994年出版,參見第252 、253頁一近器。

•《倫敦大英博物館藏古代中國貿易瓷》,作者R. Krahl及J. Harrison,1994年台北出版,參見252-253頁編號112一件鏤雕盤子;

•《印度公司瓷器里的西式裝飾》,作者F.和N. Hervouët及Y. Brunneau,參見第328頁編號 14.10一相似盤子;

•《中國外銷瓷收藏》,作者E. Gordon,1978年出版,參見第38頁編號21繪相似圖案的一隻盌;


•《十八世紀徽章瓷》,作者A. Tudor-Graig爵士,1925年倫敦出版,參見第40頁兩件圓形帶蓋籃子, 一件橢圓沙拉碗和一件八邊形裝肉用盤;

•《私人貿易者的選擇》,作者D.S. Howard,1994年明尼阿波利斯出版,參見第101頁編號95之近器;


◆ 這個帶有獨特中國外銷瓷紋飾的盤子非常珍稀。盤中央的圖案為Hope女神靠在帶有Ker (或Carr) 家族族徽的盾牌上,Ker族徽上方繪有Martin家族族徽。盤沿四個開光處繪有四個著名的大洲:槍支、貿易、聚寶盆及持有和平自由標誌的女性形象代表著歐洲;一群正在交易的本地人,一隻大象及一隻鱷魚代表著歐洲;一位印第安人,一隻野牛及煙草葉代表著美洲;最後一座寶塔,一座金字塔,一隻駱駝及一位衣著光鮮的東方男士代表著亞洲。

Ellis Martin和Elisabeth Kerr之所以訂製此套餐具,很有可能是要贈給他們的女兒Jane,Jane在約 1790年嫁給了她的表兄William Kerr。