REF No. 6767 GG
GG: Chinese export armorial porcelain dinner plate, arms of Coggan, Blackburne; Steevens
Qianlong period circa 1755-60
Diameter: 9 inches; 23cm
from the Golden Gate Collection
A Chinese export porcelain armorial dinner plate with a central coat of arms, the cavetto with a gilt chain border and the rim with scattered flowers.
The arms are of Coggan with Blackburne in pretence impaling Stephens (or Steevens), drawn directly from a bookplate, an example of which is in the Franks collection (no 6299). The bookplate has the name Charles Thomas Coggan. Coggan (1729-1802) must have ordered this service. His will, proved in 1802, lists him as of East India House, City of London and he is listed as a Clerke to the Committee of Shipping in the EEIC in 1794. He married firstly in 1748 Sarah Blackburne and secondly in 1760 Martha Steevens by whom he had a daughter Mary.
It is unusual to have included both wives’ arms in this way.
References: Howard 1974, p556, a plate and a pair of salts;