A Large Chinese Export Armorial Dish Made For The Peers Family, Yung Cheng Period.
An underglaze blue and white dish decorated with a bird in the centre on rockwork with trees around. The Peers crest is on the rim, a band of diaper between the rim and the central well.
Reference: David Sanctuary Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Page80, for discussion of family and page 174 for illustration of service.
Geoffrey A. Godden, Oriental Export Market Porcelain and its influences on European wares, pages197-203, for detailed discussion of this service.
Charles Peers Jnr. (1703-81) had served the East India Company in Madras since 1720, where his father Sir Charles Peers, former Lord Mayor of London in 1715, a commissioner of Customs and a director of the East India Company, sent him large amounts of money each year -- presumably to trade with on their joint account. A plate is in the British Museum, illustrated by Godden in plate #10. Charles Peers Jrn's duplicate copy of the original has been preserved. It is dated 19th november 1731. It was delivered to Peers Jrn at Fort St. George and probably sent home to England in 1733. He appears to have returned to London under somewhat of a black cloud with complaints made against him for "carrying on a Trade to Europe on Danish ships...".