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Chinese Export Porcelain Early Armorial Plates, Arms of Van Gellicum, Dutch Market,, Kangxi Period, 1720-30.


Chinese Export Porcelain Early Armorial Rouge de Fer Plates,

Arms of Van Gellicum, Dutch Market,

Pair,

Kangxi Period,

1720-30.

(NY9050)


The imari armorial plates were made for the Dutch family, Van Gellicum.  An armorial in the center 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 the Dutch market: Chinese porcelain with coats of arms of Dutch families only plates have been found from this service.


Dimensions: 8 3/4 inches diameter x 3/4 inches high.


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.







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