REF No. 6386
Pair of Chinese export armorial porcelain dinner plates, Belgian market, van den Cruyce
Qianlong period circa 1750
Diameter: 9 inches; 23cm
A fine pair of Chinese export armorial porcelain dinner plates with a central coat of arms and the rim with a border of flowers in bianco-sopra-bianco. The arms are of van den Cruyce.
The van den Cruyce family was numerous in and around Anvers, mostly descended from Pasquier-François van den Cruyce ennobled in the mid 17th century. He was awarded the right to have unicorns as supporters for his arms by King Charles II (of Spain, which ruled the area then). Many were soldiers or burgomasters and they intermarried with other wealthy Belgian families.
Three different services are known with these arms. This service, and a similar one with different borders, could have been ordered by sons of Albert van den Cruyce, châtelain du château royal de Tervueren and his wife Anne-Thérèse de Coninck (whose sister married Albert’s older brother). There were four sons: Jean-Baptise-Joseph; Albert-Louis-Joseph; Joseph and François-Jean-Joseph. All were unmarried in 1750 but the youngest François was married in 1760 to Barbe-Jeanne-Françoise de Potter - there is a Chinese armorial teaservice with the arms accollée of van den Cuyce & de Potter, suggesting that the family had the wherewithall and taste for Chinese armorial porcelain and that the other two services were for different brothers, but which two is not known.
Alternatively it could have been ordered by any of their cousins, the five sons of Pasquier-Jean-Augustin van den Cruyce who married Marie-Mechtilde de Coninck.
References: M. de Vegiano & Sr. d’Hovel & de Herckenrode, Baron JSFJL, 1862, Nobiliaire des Pays-Bas et du Comté de Bourgogne et des Suppléments, p594-99, van den Cruyce genealogy; Cogels & Cardon 2014, pp84-86, the three services with arms of van den Cruyce; Maertens de Noordhout 1997, p80-85, the same three services.