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Height 33 mm (1.49 inch), diameter of rim 142 mm (5.51 inch), diameter of footring 85 mm (2.95 inch), weight 130 grams (4.59 ounce (oz.))
Saucer on footring, straight rim. Decorated in various overglaze enamels, iron red, black and gold with a coat of arms, on the sides four flower sprays and on the rim a border with astrixes in gold on a blue enamel ground. The reverse is undecorated.
These coat of arms: on a white background a red bar charged with three white (silver) saltires, with three birds looking to the sinister, although with the birds looking at the opposite direction, were borne by two Dutch families, Verlouw and Froon. Both from Schiedam (the Netherlands). On the sides four groups of flowering branches and on the rim a blue border with stars in gold. Jan Verlouw (1749-1805) the eldest son of Daniël Verlou(w) (1724-1789?) and Maggeltie Helloe (Hellu) (1724-) seems most likely to have commissioned this armorial porcelain made in the early 1790s. Jan Verlouw was a councillor and alderman of the city of Schiedam. He married twice, first on 6 November 1771 Agata van Essen (1747-1784) and secondly, on 5 August 1788 Catharina van Holst (1753-1802. He outlived them both. His first wife gave birth to five children and his second wife had one daughter. Two daughters and two sons grew up to maturity. His eldest son Hendricus Verlouw (1774-1800) was a town physician of Schiedam. His youngest son, Daniël Verlouw (1779-1856) who married his older brothers widow became councillor and alderman of Schiedam. After the death of Daniël's youngest son, Jean Philippe (1809-1872), this branch became extinct in 1872. (Kroes 2007, pp.498-499)
Only a 13-piece tea service with this armorial design is known comprising of a rectangular tea caddy; a six-lobed teapot stand; a slop bowl; two coffee cups with moulded and s-shaped handle; two tea cups; five saucers (identical to the saucer offered) and one larger saucer. Additionally one tea bowl appeared on the English market in the early 21st century.
For an identically decorated saucer, please see:
- Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, Chinese Porcelain with Coats of Arms of Dutch Families, (J. Kroes, Waanders Publishers, Zwolle, 2007), pp.498-499, cat. no. 420.
Condition: Three tiny frits, two small and shallow chips and a short hairline to the rim.