REF No. 6798 GG
GG: Chinese semi-eggshell porcelain famille rose dinner plate with a pseudo-armorial device
Yongzheng/Qianlong period circa 1735-40
Diameter: 9 inches; 23cm
from the Golden Gate Collection
A Chinese export porcelain octagonal dinner plate decorated in famille rose with a central lotus blossom and a design imitating armorial devices.
This rare plate seems to be using some of the armorial elements simply as decorative motifs, probably misunderstood by the Chinese artists involved. The two supporters resemble chimeras of a phoenix and a squirrel.