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Catalog Number R1967.1.11b
Object Name Saucer
Description Saucer having a raised footring and decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze enamel colors with an underglaze blue latticework border, known as the nanking border, on the interior rim; a husk border at the edge of the well; and in the center of the well a coat of arms with supporters and the motto " COMMERCIO LIBERALI CRESCLMUS".

These arms are thought to be those of a Canadian trading company. The arms are replete with images of Canada; the quartered shield displays a mink, salmon, beaver, and whale, which were among the main exports of Canada's lands and waters. One of the supporters is a Native American, and the other is the allegorical figure of Commerce, holding a mast. She, along with the ship atop a globe that forms the crest, represents trade.
Year Range from 1785
Year Range to 1795
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector Euchlin and Louise Herreshoff Reeves (R1967.1)
On View No