REF No. 4577
Chinese armorial porcelain coffee pot with the arms of Loodh
Qianlong period circa 1750
Height: 10¼ inches; 26cm
A fine Chinese armorial baluster form coffee pot and cover, with the elaborate arms of Gustav Gabriel Loodh (1726-1779), the rim with shell and scroll border, the shape after a Meissen form, the cover secured with a European silver mount and the spout having a small hinged cover in silver/white metal.
Loodh was a supercargo with the Swedish East India Company. He was born in 1726 in Fästered, Finnekumla, Västergötland, son of Gustaf Gabriel Loodh (sr) and Juliana Cecilia Christophers. He married first Cecilia Beijer in 1751, having at least three sons (all of whom died without issue) and one daughter. They divorced in April 1768 and he married secondly Märta Christina Sparrsköld in September 1768.
He served as a midshipman cadet at Gothenburg between 1741 and 1745 and was an assistant to Crown Princess Louisa Ulrica 1746-7.
His first journey to China was on the ship Enigheten under Captain Johan Rundsten, from September 1748 to June 1751, accompanied by Gabriel Beijer, Anders Gadd and Erik Thierstedt. He sailed again on the Götha Leijon 1752-54; other voyages included the Enigheten 1757-8 and the Stockholms Slott 1762-63. He went to the Far East on at least seven voyages. In Canton he is recorded in one surviving document as receiving a loan from the Chinese agent Tjobqua (van Dyke 2018, p32).
The style of decoration on this pot suggests he probably ordered it on his first voyage and he may have ordered further porcelains on a later voyage which are known with famille rose flowers.
References: Gyllensvärd, Bo 1990, Porslinet Från Kina, p149 a lobed charger with these arms.