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Chinese Export Porcelain Early Armorial Plates, Arms of Van Gellicum, Dutch Market, Kangxi Period

Circa 1720-30 

The imari armorial plates were made for the Dutch family, Van Gellicum. An armorial in the centre and on the sides a floral scroll border, the rim with rocks, flowers, leaves and zig-zag lines.

The zig-zag lines represent a thunderbolt seen on Delft faience of the first quarter of the 18th century and based on Japanese patterns.

On the border there is a band of scrollwork and flower sprays. According to Jochem Kroes in Chinese Armorial Porcelain for hte Dutch market: Chinese porcelain with coats of arms of Dutch families only plates have been found from this service.

This coat of arms, a Chevron between three eagles and a bezant, in chief an unidentified charge; the crest is a heron-like bird with an eel (or snake) in its beak between two wings, was borne by the Van Gellicum family.

Harmen van Gellicom, a native from Gorinchem The Netherlands, who was kwartiermeester (quarter-master or leading seaman), on four East Indiaman sailing on behalf of the Dutch East India Company, Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC), Chamber of Zeeland to Batavia between the years 1728 and 1736.

The date of this porcelain correlates with his time in the Indies.

Reference: See similar at - Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Object number AK-NM-13413

Sotheby's, New York, Jan. 23 2015, The collection of Roy and Ruth Nutt, Lot 107.

Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch market: Chinese porcelain with coats of arms of Dutch families, Jochem Kroes. See page: 118. for discussion of arms and family.

Chinese ceramics in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: the Ming and Qing dynasties, Christiaan J.A. Jörg; in collab. with Jan van Campen. Page 352.


8 3/4 inches diameter x 3/4 inches high

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