02 Jan '18, 4pm

Here are our top tips for collecting #Chinese export porcelain:

Here are our top tips for collecting #Chinese export porcelain:

It’s the Chinese export ‘private trade’ porcelain — pieces specially commissioned by Dutch and English East India Company directors, European royals or Yankee merchants — that really makes collectors’ hearts beat faster. At the top of the ‘private trade’ list is armorial porcelain : the great dinner services, tea services and decorative pieces made to order with European coats-of-arms. These objects reflected the absolute latest in fashion, not just in their decorations but also in their forms, which evolved as trends emerged and 18th-century cuisine developed. Armorial porcelain can connect a collector directly to important personages of the day: Louis XV of France, Catherine the Great, the ‘Princely’ Duke of Chandos and many, many more owned Chinese armorial services. The pair of plates shown above was made for a rich Dutch China Trade merchant.

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