18th C. Wedgwood Armorial Plate - Isted
18th C. Wedgwood Armorial Creamware Plate with armorial of Isted impaling Brabant.
Dimensions: Approximately 10”
The border has gilt and blue bands.
The center has ornate armorials with motto: “Nosce Te Ipsum”.
Based on plates from this pattern being illustrated and described in lot 60 of the catalog for Sotheby’s January 27, 1988 sale of Chinese Export Porcelain and English Pottery, the armorials are those of Samuel Isted of Ecton, Northampton impaling Brabant.
According to the "Wedgwood Crest Book" at the Wedgwood Museum, this service was ordered in October 1795.
Although a label on the reverse attributes them to Hepburn impaling Murray and refers to Howard, “Chinese Armorial Porcelain”, Vol. 1, p 833, the armorials on the plate do not match the armorials described there.
However, internet research reveals that this is the armorial of George Isted. See photo. A George Isted is listed in "England and Wales Census, 1891" as being born in Sussex in 1870.
Condition: Minor age-related fleabites and wear, otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.
A discussion of Wedgwood armorial wares can be found in Reilly, “Wedgwood, The New Illustrated Dictionary”, at pp. 25-26.