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'Famille rose' plate with a Scottish coat of arms. The coat of arms bears three griffins' heads and has a helmet with plumes above, a crest in form of an arm holding up a coronet and the Latin motto 'VIRTUTIS GLORIA MERCES' ('glory is the reward of valour'). It is flanked by a serpent and a brown dove, with the motto 'WISE AS THE SERPEWT (sic) HARMLISS (sic) AS THE DOVE'. Below is a naked figure chained to the coat of arms. The rim border consists of bamboo stems and roses, entwined with a garland.
- Production date
Diameter: 23.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall and Krahl 1994:
The arms belong to the Scottish Robertson family of Strowan (see Howard, 1974, p. 391). The service to which this dish belonged may have been made for Colonel Alexander Robertson who received the family property back in 1784, after it had been annexed by the Crown in 1745 (Howard and Ayers, vol. II, p. 419). The chained figure below the arms represents a naked prisoner and has been explained by Howard and Ayers (ibid.) as a reference to the arrest of the murderers of King James I of Scotland by the Chief of the Clan, Robert, in 1451. A coffee pot from a different service, made for the same family earlier in the century, is in the Mottahedeh collection (ibid., pl. 418).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994, Taiwan, National Museum of History, Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics
1995 27 Jan-26 Mar, London, BM, G91, East Meets West: Chinese Trade Ceramics in the British Museum
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