Chinese porcelain plate with fluted border and mosquito pattern in underglaze blue
- Object Number: 1963.P.834.2
- Simple Name: plate
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- Production Place: Jiangxi
- Production Place: China
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- Summary: Chinese porcelain plate with fluted border and mosquito pattern in underglaze blue. The centre displays a coat of arms (three bees and ship) surrounded by garland of flowers in green, pink, orange and blue and the inscription 'Cave'. Part of an armorial dinner service made for the European market and exported through the East India Company. Circa 1800.
- Terms:East Asian
- Credit: Wedgwood Institute Collection
- Additional Notes: The crest and coat-of-arms on the plate may relate to the Cave-Browne-Cave family. The Cave-Browne-Caves used a stork crest and the motto, 'Cave', and the initials beneath the crest look like M.C. No other English family is known to have used the motto 'Cave' by itself, and there is no trace as yet of any foreign family using 'Cave' as motto. However, the coat-of-arms are not recognisable as a known branch of the Cave family.
- Additional Notes: As an English ownership seems likely, the crest, motto and monogram all suggest a member of the Cave family, although uncertainty still surrounds the coat-of-arms.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery