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Catalog Number 2015.22.1
Object Name Plate
Description Some people who did not have a coat of arms but who wanted the social status that comes from having personalized porcelain made up a coat of arms, using their business trade cards, tools, or other symbols that were significant to them.

That is what the now-unknown owner of this plate did, creating a very personal statement of his rise to wealth. This plate was almost certainly made for a tea merchant, who decorated his shield with a scene of a Chinese working packing tea in a chest (which was done by tamping it down by foot), and made his crest a European merchant sampling a basket of tea leaves.
Year Range from 1750.0
Year Range to 1755.0
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Probably Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Porcelain Gallery