Armorial Porcelain

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Armorial Porcelain
Primarily, this refers to Chinese export porcelain decorated with the coats of arms of European, American and Brazilian families. From around 1700, drawings and instructions were sent to the Jingdezhen factories, but the majority of the arms enamelled in the centre or rims of plates or on tureens and so on, were executed in Canton. As the decorators had no idea of what heraldry (or the written instructions) meant, so hilarious mistakes were frequently made. Complete services are uncommon but single pieces appear on the market not infrequently.