REF No. 6825 GG
GG: Chinese armoral porcelain dinner plate, arms of Arbuthnott
Qianlong period circa 1750
Diameter: 9 inches; 23cm
from the Golden Gate Collection
Provenance: ex-collection Leo & Doris Hodroff
A Chinese export porcelain armorial dinner plate with a central coat of arms and four rim panels showing Plymouth and Whampoa.
The arms are for Arbuthnott. This service was made for John, 5th Viscount of Arbuthnott, (1692-1756) who married, in 1710, Jean, daughter of William Morrison of Prestongrange House (a 12th C castle now the Royal Musselburgh Golf Clubhouse). John was son of Robert (1661-1694), 3rd Viscount of Arbuthnott, and Lady Anne Gordon, daughter of the Earl of Sutherland. He succeeded his older brother Robert (4th Viscount who died in 1710). He was a Jacobite, deeply implicated in 1715 uprising, and a Nonjuror. He died without issue and the title passed to a cousin.
The two rim panels show Whampoa, near Canton and a folly at Mount Edgecombe, near Plymouth. These represent the start and finish of the long voyage undergone in the 18th century by this porcelain from factory to customer.
References: Howard 1974, p327, a plate and p538, a meatdish from a later service made for the 6th Viscount.