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Catalog Number 2016.30.1
Object Name Plate
Description Soup plate with the arms of Gough impaling Hynde.

Soup plate having an inset footring and wide, slopping rim, decorated in underglaze blue with a large floral spray in the center of the well; a wide band of latticework with reserve panels containing books or scrolls on the slopping sides of the well; and four floral sprays on the rim. At the top of the rim is painted in overglaze red, blue, green and gold enamels an impaled coat of arms.

This soup plate comes from one of four services of Chinese armorial porcelain made for Harry Gough and his wife Elizabeth Hynde.

Gough was an East India Company success story. He began his career at the age of eleven, when he traveled to China as the assistant of his uncle, Richard Gough. By 1707 he was captain of his own ship, the Streatham, which he continued to command until 1715. These voyages enabled Gough to, in the words of his son, "acquire a decent competency" which allowed him to retire from the sea. Typically several successful voyages earned a captain or merchant enough money to establish themselves as part of the landed gentry. This is exactly what Gough did, purchasing an estate in Warwickshire in 1717, being elected as a member of Parliament in 1734, and serving as a director of the East India Company from 1730 to 1751.

This plate comes from a service commissioned at the same time as a set of Chinese mother-of-pearl game counters decorated with the arms of Gough impaling Hynde and based on the same design as the arms on the porcelain.
Year Range from 1730.0
Year Range to 1735.0
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, possibly decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
On View No