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Chinese Export Indian Market Armorial Vegetable Dish - “Bahadur Shah II”

Chinese Export Indian Market Armorial Vegetable Dish - “Bahadur Shah II”


Chinese export porcelain oval vegetable dish, circa 1830. The dish may have been an insert to a larger covered dish.


Dimensions: Approximately 11¾” x 9½” x 1⅞”.


The decoration of this platter mimics Worcester porcelain patterns circa 1800.


The rim is decorated with blue band with flowers.


The center is decorated with alternating panels of blue and floral sprays with a central armorial.


The armorial is supported by a cheetah and an elephant, has a jandar dagger, with a triangular blade and a double handle, and two fish on an azure ground. In the scroll is the inscription ““Vizier of the kingdom, right arm of the state, Bahadur” in Arabic script. The word “Bahadur” can be translated as “hero” or “powerful”.


It is likely that the armorial was designed for Bahadur Shah II, often referred to as Bahadur Shah Zafar, born 1775. He was the last Mughal Emperor of India from 1837 until 1858.


In 1857 he initially refused to become leader of the Indian Mutiny or Rebellion, but subsequently consented. Upon the Delhi’s capture, he was tried by the British and exiled to Rangoon where he died in 1862.


The reverse is unmarked and bears the remnants of an old label.


The service is illustrated and discussed in Nadler, “China to Order”, at Page p. 145, plate 161; Howard, “Chinese Armorial Porcelain”, Vol. 2, at p.695; and Marchant’s 2015 90th Anniversary Catalogue, at p. 82.


An example is in The Helena Woolworth McCann collection of Chinese export porcelain at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See, Phillips, “China Trade Porcelain”, at p. 212, pl. 109.


A similarly decorated service is illustrated and described in Kroes, “Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market”, at pp. 519-520. The service was made for Constantijn Johan Wolterbeck. In lieu of the dagger and fish, the shield contains the initials “CJW”, and. in lieu of the Arabic script, the banderole contains the word “Malacca”. According to family tradition, the service was given to Wolterbeck by the Sultan of Malacca in 1818.


Condition: Wear to the armorial and gilding; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.


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