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Chinese Export Armorial Soup Plates with the Arms of Hamilton








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Octagonal plate
Yongzheng, c.1733, painted with a central coat of arms of Hamilton quartering Douglas, Duke of Hamilton, above the motto 'Nemo Me Impune Lacessit', the rim with sprays of flowers, restored, 22.2cm
Plate -Hamilton crest
Soup plate bearing crest of Hamilton, about 1835: Radiating patterns of Chinese “Auspicious figures” and “Hundred Antiquities” motifs can be found on several British armorial services. This soup plate is thought to be from a service made for Hamilton Charles James Douglas-Hamilton, ambassador to Brazil, and his wife, Susannah Robinson, the daughter of the governor of Tobago. 
The arms are Hamilton quarterly of Arran quartering Douglas, The Duke of Hamilton coat of arms surrounded by swags of ermine and pink fabric, the border with gilt and grisaille floral elements with crest of topiary with motto above "Thhough" (appears to be maker's error) another small circular motto at base.

The errors that are occasional found on Chinese export porcelain like that found on the motto occurred when the Chinese misinterpreted the English language which was obviously very alien to them in form and shape.

The 1st Duke of Hamilton descended from the 2nd Earl of Arran. His second daughter Anne, Duchess of Hamilton, went on to marry William Douglas, the son of the Marquis of Douglas, in 1656, and in doing so he became the Duke of Hamilton. Their son, James, the 5th Duke's third wife was Anne, daughter of Edward Spencer of Rendlesham,

A famous Derby porcelain service was ordered from Derby by the 8th Duke of Hamilton, as replacements for the original Chinese Export Service ordered by his grandfather the 5th Duke in 1738. The 8th Duke was born on 27th July 1756 and married Elizabeth Anne Burrell in 1778. He was the first cousin twice removed of Sir William Hamilton, whose wife Emma, was famed as the mistress of Admiral Horatio Nelson.





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