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Chinese Export Porcelain Armorial Dish Kangxi Yongzheng
Dish. Provenance: China. Dating: Kangxi period (1736-1795) - Yongzheng period (1723-1735), c.1710-1730. Dish on footring with a flattened rim. Imari decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze iron-red and gold. The rim in underglaze brown. The rim is decorated with rocks, zig-zag lines, flowers and leaves. The zig-zag lines represent a thunderbolt, seen on Delft faience of the first quarter of the 18th century and based on Japanese patterns. The cavetto is decorated with a band of srollwork and flower sprays. In the centre a 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. This coat of arms was borne by the Van Gellicum family. It can be seen on a seal of 1921 which belonged to J.A. van Gellicum, who was a cavalry major.He decended from a family of probably wealthy farmers in the village of Deil in the Betuwe, Gelderland, The Netherlands. In this family either Jan Roelofs van Gellicum (1684-) or his son, Roelof van Gellicum (1708-), could have ordered this armorial porcelain. Jan Roelof married in 1707 and his son Roelof in 1749, the latter to Elisabeth Hoeken (1718-). In the 18th century three members of another branch of the Van Gellicum family (who are not related to the Deil family as far as is known) could have ordered these armorial dishes. The first two are the surgeon Chr. van Gellekom living in Amsterdam in 1742 and Hermanus van Gellicum, who also lived in Amstrdam about 1750-1760. The third is most intresting, Harmen van Gellecom, a native from Gorinchem The Netherlands, who was kwartiermeester (quarter-master or leading seaman), on four East Indiamen sailing on behalf of the V.O.C. Chamber of Zeeland to Batavia between the years 1728 and 1736. The date of this porcelain correlates with his time in the Indies. This dish was part of a very large set of dishes, over 100 recorded examples (so far only dishes have been identiefied) Three sizes are known c.380 mm (14.96 inch), c.355 mm (13.98 inch) and c.225 cm (8.86 inch).(source: J. Kroes in his book, Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch market, The Hague 2007, ISBN 13: 9789040083310). Dimensions: Height: 20 mm (0.78 inch), Diameter: 222 mm (8.74 inch), Diameter of footring: 120 mm (4.72 inch), Condition: Two hairlines to the rim. References: J. Kroes, Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch market, The Hague 2007, pp.118-119, 20a & 20b. C.J.A. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, The Ming and Qing Dynasties, Amsterdam 1997, p.302, object 353.

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