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Porcelain cup and saucer. Fine eggshell porcelain decorated in thick 'famille rose' palette enamels on the exterior of cup and inside of saucer with the Arms of the Dutch East India Company and the monogram 'VOC'. The design copies one side of a silver coin issued by the company in 1728 for use in the Far East.
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Height: 38 millimetres
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Published PDF date : Qing early 18thC
Room 95 label text:
Tea cup and saucer with coat of arms
This teacup and saucer were made for the Dutch East India Company. The design is composed of a crowned coat of arms supported by two crowned lions rampant, below which is the monogram 'VOC' framed by scrollwork, all painted in rose-pink, red, yellow and green enamels. Encircling this design is the date 1728 and the Latin motto 'CONCORDIA RES PARVAE CRESCUNT' ('small things grow great in unity'). The rim of the saucer and inner lip of the cup are painted with close parallel brush-strokes in iron-red under a narrow pink band to imitate the milling on a coin. The tea service to which this cup and saucer belonged was arguably commissioned by the Dutch East India Company to commemorate the successful launch of its new coinage and may possibly have been used by its employees at the Company's different official bases throughout the Far East.
Porcelain with fencai (powdered colours)
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about AD 1728-9
- On display (G95/dc33/sh1)
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