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The Diana Cargo "Honourable East India Company" Dish

The Diana Cargo "Honourable East India Company" Dish


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Armorial small deep dish for the official dinner service of the "Honourable East India Company", apparently in the shipment as additional pieces for the service used on formal occasions at the President's residence in Madras. Provenance: China. The Diana Cargo sale, Christie's Amsterdam, 6-7 March 1995. Dating: Jiaqing period (1796-1820), 1817. A small enamelled "Honourable East India Company" Armorial Oval Dish, The centre enamelled and gilt with two lions rampant bearing standards and flanking a crested coat-of-arms above the motto "Auspicio Regis et Senatus Anglia", The broad everted rim with a point-and-pendulum border.(All the enamels have been eroded by the sea, never the less it is still visible in Ghost form). The arms are those of the New East India Company; Argent a cross gules in dexter chief quarter an escutcheon with the arms of Great Britain (1 & 4 England, 2 Scotland, 3 Ireland), The shield ornamented and regally crowned or. Crest: on a wreath argent and gules a lion rampant gardant or holding between the forefeet a royal crown proper. Supporters: two lions rampant gardant or each supporting a banner erect charged with a cross gules. The New East India Company was united with the older East India Company in 1709. It is quite likely that this service was originally commissioned, for the exclusive use of the Presidents at "John Company" functions in the Madras and Bombay Residencies, on the occasion of the centenary of the original merger between the "Old" and the "New" Companies. This service was used in Bombay and Madras, from where various Governors took parts of the service back to England. The dish has the original "Christie's Diana Cargo March 1995" label and lot number label 495/8 as proof of provenance. (source: Christie's, The Diana Cargo sales Catalogue). Dimensions: Height: 52 mm (2.05 inch), Diameter: 310 mm x 240 mm (12.20 inch x 9.45 inch), Diameter of base: 245 mm x 175 mm (9.65 inch x 6.89 inch). Condition: Perfect. Reference; D. Ball, The Diana Adventure, Kuala Lumpur / Groningen 1995, p.136.