Qianlong c.1790, Chinese Armorial Porcelain Dish with the Arms of Admiral Sir Edward Hughes.
A Very Large Chinese Export Porcelain Blue and White Armorial Dish c.1790 with the Arms of Admiral Sir Edward Hughes (1720-1794). Painted with his Arms as Granted to Him as Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the East Indies (1783-1793). Two Foot Soldiers of the East India Company Hold Pennants and a Shield Encircled by the Ribbon of the Order of the Bath, the Admiral`s Motto Forward . There is an Inner Recessed Step that Would have Supported a Draining Dish.
Condition: The draining dish is lacking, there is a glaze star crack, small shallow chip and fritting.
Size: Length : 45.5 cm (18 inches)
Stock number: 24208
Sir Edward (1720-1794), Admiral of the Blue Squadron had a long and distinguished career. He joined the Navy in 1735 and his last position was as Commander-in-Chief of the East Indies 1783-1793.He led numerous campaigns in Indian waters, notably against his archival, the French Admiral de Suffren. He accumulated a lot of wealth over during his career, much of it he gave to charity later in his life. The last two photograph are of a painting of Sir Edward Hughes and a print which shows the arms used on this armorial dish with Sir Edward above. See Wikipedia for more information.
For a pair of large armorial mugs of this pattern see : Chinese Export Porcelain, Christie`s New York, January 23rd 2007, lot 93.
For a mug of this armorial pattern with a missing handle see : Fine Chinese Export Porcelain and Works of Art, Christie`s London, 30th October 1989, lot 11.