18th C. Chinese Export Armorial Plate - Purvis

18th C. Chinese Export Armorial Plate - Purvis


Chinese export porcelain plate, circa 1750.


Dimensions: Approximately 9” in diameter.


The rim is decorated with puce floral sprays.


The center is decorated with the arms of Purvis or Parnell impaling Pearson. The arms are surrounded by gold, puce and teal supporters.


The crest appears to be an ostrich holding a horseshoe arising out of a gold coronet.


The reverse is unmarked and bears an illegible label.


The service is illustrated and discussed in Howard, “Chinese Armorial Porcelain”, Vol. 2, at page 272.

According to Howard, the tinctures for the arms are incorrect, making it difficult to determine for which family member this service was made.


The floral sprays on the rim are painted using the same technique found on black grisaille ware of the period.


In her thesis, “The Quest for Refinement: Chinese Export Porcelain en Grisaille, 1725 -1810” (Harvard Univ. 1990), Christina Platsis notes that at about this time Chinese artists began using colored enamels in the grisaille manner, and that puce was often chosen because it was fashionable on European porcelains.


Condition: There are two hairlines on the rim; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.