18th C. Chinese Export Armorial Plate – Fenton
Chinese export underglaze blue porcelain plate, circa 1755.
Dimensions: Approximately 8¾” in diameter.
The rim is decorated with a floral pattern with remnants of gilt highlights to the pattern and gilding on the edge.
The cavetto is decorated with a diaper pattern divided by four cartouches of floral spays.
The center is decorated with the arms of Fenton with Wedon in pretense.
The reverse is undecorated and bears an old label.
The service is illustrated and discussed in Howard, “Chinese Armorial Porcelain”, Vol. 1, at page 585.
Howard states that the service was probably made for William Fenton of St. Christopher's in the Leeward Islands (current day St. Kitts). In 1761, Fenton’s daughter married John Roberts of Bonington who later became Chairman of the East India Company.
Condition: Wear to gilding; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.