- Museum number
Chinese porcelain coffee cup, painted in Holland. The coffee cup bears a royal coat of arms surrounded by a collar of the Order of the Garter with the French motto 'HONI. SOYT. QUI. MAL.Y.PENSE. (sic)' meaning 'the shame be his who thinks ill of it', and is surmounted by a coronet and supported by two crowned lions. Underneath the arms is a Dutch inscription 'd'Orange stam door gods macht verh: [verheven] d. 3. Mi: 1747' (the Orange raised through God's power on the 3rd May 1747). Around the handle are entwined branches of blossoming orange and around the lip is another border of blossoming orange. The decoration is painted with thin dull enamels of red, green and blue, with gilding.
- Production date
1747 (painted decoration dated)
Diameter: 10.20 centimetres
Height: 6 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall and Krahl 1994:
The arms have been identified as Nassau quartering Dietz, Vianden and Catznellbogen, with smaller shields superimposed, and belong to the Stadtholder William IV, Prince of Orange (1711-51), ruler of all seven Dutch Provinces (r. 1747-51) and together with the inscription suggest that this piece was painted as a souvenir of William's appointment by the members of the States General on 3rd May 1747. The coffee cup was made at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province but was left plain white and decorated in Holland. The dull, washed-out colours are reminiscent of Dutch Delft ceramics. Other Chinese porcelains painted in Holland as souvenirs of William IV's appointment are known, for example, a coffee cup with the same date, his portrait and initials, in a private collection (private communication of Dr. Bernard Watney). Also in the British Museum are a tea cup and saucer (BM Franks. 798+) decorated with William IV's arms and those of his wife.
- 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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