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|
|Year Range to||1755|
|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|