- Museum number
'Famille rose' plate with an English coat of arms of Powell, "Per fess or and argent a lion rampant gules", with in pretence Cleland, "Azure a hare salient argent with a hunting horn about the neck gules". The crest painted as a fruit tied with gold tinsel with a bow, is "the sun or above clouds proper". The octagonal plate is painted with a Chinese figure scene in the centre, showing a lady seated on a carpet, holding a small square cup, a female attendant with a large fan behind her, and a male attendant kneeling by her side, filling her cup from a ewer. On the rim are a family crest at the top and a coat of arms with a lion at the bottom, with another in pretence, showing a hare, and two landscape panels, painted 'en grisaille', on either side. The service was probably made for a descendant of Robert Powell of Park Hall in Shropshire. The family of Cleland came from Lanarkshire.
- Production date
- 1745-1755 (circa)
Diameter: 21.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall and Krahl 1994:
The arms bearing the lion belong to the Powell, those with the hare to the Cleland family, which according to Howard had connections with the English East India Company in the second half of the 18th century (Howard, 1974, p. 314). An identical dish is in the Clive Rouse collection (ibid.). Armorial services with Chinese figure scenes are comparatively rare.
- 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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