REF No. 6824 GG
GG: Chinese export armorial porcelain dinner plate, arms of Izod
Yongzheng period circa 1735
English or Irish Market
Diameter: 9 inches; 23cm
from the Golden Gate Collection
A Chinese export porcelain armorial dinner plate wih a central coat of arms in a lozenge for lady, the rim with famille rose flowers and bands of diaper.
The arms are for Izod from Chapelizod, a village near the east coast of Ireland, Izod is derived from Iseult or Isolde, from the Arthuran legends of Tristan and Isolde. It is not known who would have ordered this service. The Izod family history is unclear too.
The records, many inconsistent, show two branches of the Izod family in Britain, one in Gloucestershire going back to the sixteenth century (who by tradition arrived from Ireland) and the other in Ireland with records from the seventeenth century. A protestant family originally from France, it looks most likely that they settled in England and by the seventeenth century some were Rectors of Stanton including Henry Izod (1658-1728). Henry’s brother or uncle, Richard Izod, a Cromwellian soldier, was granted land in Ireland and moved there. His son Lionel (1689-1742) married an heiress Elizabeth Cochrane (1702-1743) who inherited much land at Grovebeg, part of which became Chapel Izod, as the place is now known. Lionel’s son William (1707-1789) built a fine house there in 1748 (now a ruin). William’s brother Kevan (Sheriff of Cork in 1753) had a daughter Elizabeth, who was the sole heiress of William. In 1773 she married Lorenzo Nickson and they had a son (born 1782) who changed his surname, becoming William Nickson-Izod, and who inherited the estates eventually.
So the heiress with these arms who might have ordered these plates was Elizabeth (Howard 1994). Although her birth date is not known, to have been of child bearing age in 1782 she cannot have been born much before 1740, (and really the enamelling on this service puts it clearly in the Yongzheng period!) which would mean that the service was ordered at her birth. It’s also possible that it was ordered for an older sister or for a daughter of William’s who did not survive.
References: Howard 1974, p237.