ELEVEN FAMILLE ROSE ARMORIAL ‘CJW MALLACCA’ PIECES FROM THE WOLTERBEEK TABLE SERVICE
Qing dynasty, 1818 circa
The larger oval tray: 25x40 cm; the larger dish: 25 cm diam
The lot includes eleven pieces: six dishes of two different sizes; four oval trays, two of them with pierced cavetto; a chestnut-basket with pierced walls. Each piece decorated in the centre with the initials 'CJW' supported by a leopard and elephant above a banner inscribed 'Mallacca', the coat of arms surrounded by fan-shaped panels with floral compositions.
Provenance: acquired before 1975.
Inspired by an 1762 Worcester porcelain design, according to family tradition, this service was given to Dutch governor Constantijn Johan Wolterbeek by the Sultan of Malacca when the British ceded the colony to the Dutch after 23 years of interim rule (see J. Kroes, Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, pp. 519-520, n. 443).