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Blue-and-white plate with an English coat of arms. The plate has a brown rim, a fine glossy glaze, and is painted in a bright underglaze blue. It shows a pheasant on a rock among flowers and bamboo surrounded by dense diaper-work in the well and with a crest of a griffin on the rim. The crest is of Peers. The outside of the piece is painted with flower sprays. The service was made for Charles Peers of Chiselhampton Lodge, Oxfordshire.
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The service to which this plate belonged is interesting because its bill of lading is preserved (in the British Library). This document records the name of the customer who ordered it, date and other details of the shipment, quantity of items shipped and their price. It is dated Canton, 19th November 1731 and reads 'Invoice of two chests of China ware, Laden on board the ship Canton Merchant Capt. Timothy Tullie, Commander, bound to the Port of Madras and consigned to Nicholas Morris Merchant there, on account and risque of Charles Peers Esq.' The contents of the chests are described as 'China Ware blue-and-white painted with a crest' and it is recorded that there were 100 plates, 6 soup serving dishes, 60 soup plates, 4 sets of bowls, 12 sauceboats and 12 salts totaling some 250 pieces and costing 40 taels. The service was commissioned by the Peers family and bears their family crest (Howard, 1974, p. 174). It was ordered by Charles Peers of Chiselhampton Lodge, Oxfordshire whose son, also Charles Peers, worked for the English East India Company in Madras (1720-35) and also traded privately. The younger Charles Peers organized the transportation of the service from Madras on to England. Other pieces from this service include a soup plate, also in the British Museum (BM 1919.1215.1), two soup plates in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Le Corbeiller, 1974, no. 23), a serving plate in the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh (no. 1923.465), and two large serving dishes on loan from J.R. Peers at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Loan nos. 5 and 6). The Peers family also commissioned another larger and more expensive Chinese armorial service in 'famille rose' enamels with their full coat of arms, rather than just the crest as on this service, which was shipped directly to England on 8th January 1732.
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