Description & Technical information

Qianlong period
English Market
from the Golden Gate Collection

A pair of Chinese export porcelain armorial dinner plates with a central armorial and the rim with a brightly enamelled diaper ground.

Arms of Chase: Gules four crosses patonce argent, on a canton azure a lion passant or. (On these plates it is a blue lion on a gold ground which is incorrect)
Crest: a lion rampant sable langued gules holding between the paws a cross patonce or

This service was ordered by Sir Richard Chase (1720-1788) of Much Hadham in Hertfordshire, the son of a wealthy Ironmonger from Gracechurch Street in London, who had bought a large Elizabethan House in Much Hadham called ‘The Lordship’. He also held significant land in Llanddewi in Wales.
A good example of the rise of the merchant classes in the eighteenth century, Sir Richard was Sheriff of Essex in 1744 and Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1745. He stipulated in his will that he should be buried outside the West window of the church and that the grave merely be covered in turf. The resultant mound is still visible today.
The design of the cell diaper echoes that on the earlier service ordered by his aunt Hannah Chase (see the previous item). The plates in the later service were octagonal rather than hexagonal.
This unusual service was originally believed to have belonged to Judge Samuel Chase, who was a signatory of the American Declaration of Independence. He is known to have owned an armorial service but this has now been shown to be the one in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum in New York and which bears his aunt’s arms (Towneley) which the Judge used for his own.
Many members of the family settled in the US including Aquila Chase, a seventeenth century inhabitant of Newbury, Massachusetts, whose descendant has recently become HRH the Duchess of Sussex,

References: Le Corbeiller 1974, p61, a plate from this service;  Howard 1974, p259, this service; Howard 1994, p95, No 86, a plate; Bullivant Collection, Phillips, March 1988, lot 168, four plates; Cohen & Cohen 2007, No 36, a pair of armorial candlesticks from this service.

Date:  1745-50
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 23 cm (9 inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art