1715 CHINESE Armorial Porcelain CHARGER Plate CAPTAIN MARTIN KANGXI
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1715
WEIGHT: 64.30 troy ounces (70.55 ounces or 2,000.00 grams)
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. Dates to circa 1715. It shows how an early western armorial was cleverly incorporated into a traditional Chinese design with ruyi panels whilst maintaining symmetry.
Captain Matthew Martin (1676-1749), of Wivenhoe Park and Alresford Hall, Essex. He visited Canton in 1716 as captain of the 'Marlborough'. During 1712, the ship, fully laden with a rich cargo valued at £200,000 was attacked by three French warships. 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". The company awarded him £1000 reward and a gold medal with 24 diamonds. See British Museum for a similar plate.
He holds the medal in his portrait. Both houses had commanding views over the river Colne. Painting of Wivenhoe Park
by John Constable.
Material: Porcelain 紋章瓷器
Date: Circa 1715
Dimensions: Approx 14 Inches (36cm) wide.
Condition: Excellent for age. Hair-crack to centre & short to rim. Two small chips to rim. See pictures.
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