Chinese Export Armorial Plate Made for the Irish Market, c. 1750

Chinese Export porcelain armorial plate made for the Irish market and decorated with the arms of Roche, Viscount Fermoy. See David Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain Vol II, p.242 (Also Vol I, p.951.)

China c. 1750
9" diameter

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Condition: Excellent condition. No chips, cracks or repairs.

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The arms are of David Roche who became Viscount Fermoy in County Cork. The heraldic term for the fish in the shield is 'roach'.(1) Variant spellings include 'roche', hence their presence.

Chinese Export for the Irish market is rare. David Howard places the number of armorial services to Ireland at 135, compared to the 2,100 that went to England, Scotland and Wales during the same period.

(1) The roach is a common, edible fish native to all of Europe, including Ireland and bears no relation to the pest we Americans refer to with the Victorian contraction of 'cockroach'.

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