YongzhengArmorial Plate #7699c
A dramatic Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period plate centered with a flamboyant coat of arms within a honeycomb patterned cavetto of iron red and gilding and a rim beautifully painted with flowers and scholar’s objects, and edged with a gilded scrolling band. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 151 where it is attributed to either the Mountford family or the Morford family. The decoration makes us think perhaps Morford as one Charles Morford was an English supercargo on a Swedish ship sailing to Canton in 1732 which fits into the Yongzheng period. Measuring 9″ in diameter with only a small line to the rim sealed and frits filled, otherwise a great piece with a great armorial design. Circa 1732-1735.