Description & Technical information

Jiaqing period
American Market
from the Golden Gate Collection

A Chinese export porcelain saucer dish painted with a simplified coat of arms, flanked by the fgures of Liberty and Justice, the rim with three thin bands of puce decoration.

This is a simplified version of the Arms of New York as established in 1778 under Governor Clinton, the central motif of a rising sun having been replaced here with a set of gilt initials WRC - which may refer to a member of the Clinton family.

Howard has identified at least 24 different versions of this type with initials replacing the sun motif so it was a popular design made for the American Market.

References: Brawer 1992, p80, a coffee cup; Howard & Ayers 1978, p514, a similar saucer;  Litzenburg 2003, p145,  a saucer; Beurdeley 1962, cat 218; Howard 1974, p753-5, including a saucer with the fully correct arms; Phillips 1956, pl 102;

Date:  1800
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 20 cm (7⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art