REF No. 6356
Pair of Chinese export porcelain armorial salts
Yongzheng/Qianlong period circa 1735-40
Length: 4 inches; 10cm
A fine pair of Chinese porcelain armorial salts, with an elaborate coat of arms in silver (now black), blue, gold, iron red and green enamels, the floral border in underglaze blue.
These are the arms of de Jonge and come from a large dinner service that included candlesticks, a cruet set and two large monteiths. They have also been attributed to Chastelein but Kroes 2007 corrects this.
The service was made for Cornelis de Yonge (1687-1743) of Middelburg, son of Pieter de Jonge (1644-1709) and Johanna Stevense. His godmother was Henriette Chastelein who bore similar arms; the families were close which explains the confusion. Cornelis was a VOC official in Bengal. He sailed east in 1710 in the Schonewal and settled in Bengal where he eventually rose to be senior merchant and first administrator in 1732. He was appointed director of Bengal in August 1743 succeeding Jan Albert Sichterman (who also ordered some well known armorial porcelain, including a service with identical border design to this one). He died two months later in October 1743. He never married but had three children by two different women who were legitimised in Zeeland in 1744. His son Cornelis was a lawyer in Middelburg and his other son Christiaan was a doctor in Schoonhoven.
References: Kroes 2007, p198, cat 113, this service and cat 114 is the similar Sichterman service; Mezin 2004, p153, a dinner plate; Lunsingh Scheurlee 1974, pl 263; Jörg 1989, p252, cruet set and dinner plate.