Seven Important Chinese famille rose grisaille decorated dishes, Qianlong circa 1740. Each decorated in the well with the arms Johnson of Nethercourt and Margate in Kent, encircled by a border of European scroll and lattice; decorated en grisaille and gilt with peacock crests, the exterior rim with a du Paquier style border -- max. 9 3/16in. (23.3cm.) diam. (7).
CONDITION: 4 plates are in good condition both front and back, apart from slight wear to the gilt in the centre which is often the case for antique plates of this period;
3 plates have been extensively repaired (date of repair is unknown) and, although serviceable and looking good at the front, the back of those 3 plates shows the repairs (see images for an assessment).
LITERATURE: D. S. Howard in 'Chinese Armorial Porcelain', London, 1974, p.348, mentions that the arms were made for Major James Johnson of Nethercourt who was in the service of the East India Company.
PROVENANCE: Christie's Sale 5098, Lot 1557, London 6 September 2007; Private Collection. For a single sauce boat from this service see also Lot 284 from The Mottahedeh Collection at Sotheby's New York, 19.10.2000.