Teacup. Provenance: China. Dating: Late Yongzheng (1723-1735) or early Qianlong period (1736-1795), c.1730-1735. Teacup on a footring with a flattened rim, polychrome decorated in various overglaze enamels. Teacup, according to J. Kroes in his book, Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch market, The Hague 2007, ISBN 13: 9789040083310, p.138, cat.no. 43,there are only three or four plates in different sizes: 230 mm (12.60 inch) and 430 mm (16.93 inch), one coffee cup, two tea bowls and a saucer known with this Armorial. Round the interior rim a narrow gold foliate scroll border with flower heads, on the bottom a single flower head. The exterior wall has a decoration of a Chinese water and mountain landscape. There are also rocks, trees, and a lake with houses, a bridge, several Chinese figures and two little boats on the lake. This mountain and water landscape is similar to the neighbourhood of the porcelain manufacturing town Jingdezhen in the province of Kiangsi. Two octagonal panels have been painted with a coat of arms: on a black background a gold waving bend with two gold roses or flower heads; the crest is a half-naked figure with a club on the right shoulder. The mantling has an open pattern of scrolling leaves. This coat was borne by the "Beekman" family from Middelburg and Nijmegen. About 1720-1730 there were two Beekman brothers living in Middelburg, Samuel and Adriaan. They were related to the influential Van de Putte family and in 1730 both brothers were heirs of Cornelis van de Putte. Both brothers held positions with the Middelburgsche Commercie Compagnie (MCC), they probably owed their position within the MCC to their grandfather, the MCC director, Hermanus van de Putte. In the 1740s Adriaan belonged to the (upper) middle class of Middelburg and probably had good connections with the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and its officials and it would have been easy for him to order these Armorial wares. (source: J. Kroes in his book, Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch market, The Hague 2007, ISBN 13: 9789040083310). Dimensions: Height: 38 mm (1.49 inch)
Diameter: 140 mm (5.51 inch), Diameter of footring: 75 mm (2.95 inch). Condition: Restored. Reference; J. Kroes, Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch market, The Hague 2007, p.138, cat. no. 43.