Description & Technical information

Scottish Market
from the Golden Gate Collection

A Chinese export porcelain armorial dinner plate with a central coat of arms and four rim panels showing Plymouth and Whampoa.

The arms are for Arbuthnott. This service was made for John, 5th Viscount of Arbuthnott, (1692-1756) who married, in 1710, Jean, daughter of  William Morrison of Prestongrange House (a 12th C castle now the Royal Musselburgh Golf Clubhouse). John was son of Robert (1661-1694), 3rd Viscount of Arbuthnott, and Lady Anne Gordon, daughter of the Earl of Sutherland. He succeeded his older brother Robert (4th Viscount who died in 1710). He was a Jacobite, deeply implicated in 1715 uprising, and a Nonjuror. He died without issue and the title passed to a cousin.

The two rim panels show Whampoa, near Canton and a folly at Mount Edgecombe, near Plymouth. These represent the start and finish of the long voyage undergone in the 18th century by this porcelain from factory to customer.

References: Howard 1974, p327, a plate and p538, a meatdish from a later service made for the 6th Viscount.

Date:  Qianlong period circa 1750
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 23 cm (9 inches)
Provenance: Ex-collection Leo & Doris Hodroff

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art