Two armorial dishes, Yongzheng-Qianlong. Photo Bonhams.
The first decorated in coloured enamels, rouge-de-fer and gilt, bearing the arms of Dubois, c.1723, 16.5cm (16.1/2in) diam; the second bearing the arms of the De Heere family of Middleburg and Dordrecht, on an asymmetrical gilt bracket, against scrolling iron red and gilt acanthus, circa 1763, 22.8cm (9in) diam. (2). Estimate £800 – 1,200 (€1,000 – 1,500)
Property of a European Noble Family
The Dubois dish: Charles Dubois was Cashier General of the East India company from 1708-1738. For an example of this service see ‘Chinese Armorial Porcelain’, D.S Howard, p. 193, no. D1.
The De Heere dish: For an example of a bowl from this service see ‘Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’, p.310, no.366.
The dating and identification of this well known service has been the subject of change over the years as academic research has progressed. In 1865 the arms were wrongly attributed to Nijssen.
The service was originally dated to 1740 and the arms attributed to de Heere van deer Holy. However Kroes in his 2007 book on Dutch Market Armorial porcelain says that this was erroneously connected to someone else from the early nineteenth century.
In fact this plate is from a large service that was ordered from China by Huijbert Johan de Heere (1731-1777), in the early 1760s. This date is established from the styles of tureens and other shapes in the service which date from this time.
The Dexter arms (gold star on red over green) are de Heere of Middleburg, Goes and Dordrecht. The sinister arms are unidentified though these two arms are recorded accolé in 1704 for a Jan de Heere of Middleburg (wife unrecorded). A seal of 1735 bears these impaled arms for a Johan de Heere (died before 1749) probably Jan’s son and the father of Huijbert.
Huijbert was in the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and was in Asia from 1749 to 1763 when he returned to Goes with his wife and children on the East Indiaman Niewland, very likely bringing this service with him.
Bonhams. ASIAN ART, 11 Sep 2014 10:30 BST. LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE