Date: Circa 1715 Dimensions: Approx 14 Inches (36cm) wide. Hair-crack to centre & short to rim. Two small chips to rim. A superb and rare giant Chinese Kangxi export armorial porcelain plate or charger.
It bears the arms of CAPTAIN MATTHEW MARTIN of the East India Company. It shows how an early western armorial was cleverly incorporated into a traditional Chinese design with ruyi panels whilst maintaining symmetry. He visited Canton in 1716 as captain of the'Marlborough'. In a daring plan, a ships lantern was lashed to a barrel and cast adrift at night. The warships followed the light, thinking it was the'Marlborough'.
She evaded capture and landed safely in Port St George, India. This ploy became famous in Naval history and made him a celebrity. It was used in the Russell Crowe film "Master and Commander". See British Museum for a similar plate. He holds the medal in his portrait.
Both houses had commanding views over the river Colne. Kingschina, Grays Mews, Mayfair, London, W1K 5AB. The item "KANGXI Chinese EXPORT Armorial CHARGER Plate IMARI QING vase WUCAI BLUE WHITE" is in sale since Monday, April 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Plates". The seller is "kingschina" and is located in CAMBRIDGE.
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