Yongzheng Armorial Soup Plate #7697c
A rather eye-catching Chinese export porcelain armorial soup plate made for the English market with an intensely underglaze blue design hand-painted with richly detailed florals around the border of chrysanthemum, peony and prunus, centered at the top with a polychrome and gilded armorial shield for the Arms of Pott in pretence with Clarke, the cavetto diapered with vignettes of scholars’ oblects, all surrounding a stylized central floral roundel. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. II, page 132, one of two services ordered for this family, this one being the earlier of the two, dating to circa 1730. With a faint line in the well of the plate, otherwise in good condition, and needless to say, brilliant Yongzheng quality. 9 ” in diameter.