18th C. NewYork State Arms Monogrammed Chinese Export Plate
Chinese export famille rose plate bearing arms of New York State, c. 1790.
Dimensions: Approximately 8” diameter.
The edge is bordered with a wavy blue band edged with gold.
The center is bordered by a blue and gold husk chain.
The center is decorated with the arms of New York State depicting the figures of Liberty and Justice flanking a cartouche with a monogram, and with an eagle perched above and a banner below.
The reverse in unmarked.
The monogram appears to be “JBM” or possibly “IBM”.
At the time of its publication in 1984, “New York and the China Trade” a New-York Historical Society exhibition catalogued by David Howard, states that only 24 coffee or tea services with initialed or monogrammed versions of the New York State arms had been discovered, and that no dinner services had been.
A coffee pot from this service bearing this style of decoration and this monogram is illustrated and described in that catalogue at page 90, figure C14. The description notes that the monogram had not been identified.
The description also notes that the illustrated coffee pot was from the collection of the late Governor Averell Harriman and that a cup and saucer from the same service are in the collections of the New-York Historical Society.
Condition: Glaze blister; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.