A Chinese armorial plate for the English market (Hotham). Qianlong

Decorated in the famille rose palette, the coats are of Hotham, Barry of ten argent and azure, on a canton or a Cornish though proper ; crest, A demi seaman issuing out of the water proper, holding in the dexter hand a flaming sword argent, hilt and pommel or, on the sinister arm a shield of the arms of Hotham; motto “Have a care” ; the impaled arms of Morley, Sable a leopard’s head jetant-de-lis argent, a crescent for difference.

Period :
Qianlong (1735-1795), circa 1755
8.66 in. (22 cm)
Reference :

Related works

This service is illustrated by David Howard in Chinese Armorial Porcelain. Vol. I, 1974, p. 546, no. Q3


The family descends from Durand of Hotham who held land at Harthill in Yorkshire in the twelfth century. In 1622, John Hotham of Scorborought was created a baronet and today title is held by the 17th Baronet and 7th Baron, Lord Hotham of Scorborought Hall.

This service was almost certainly made for Sir Richard Hotham (knighted about 1770), who was a managing owner of East Indiamen and had ten ships at Canton between 1765 and 1789. There is another Morley service, possibly for a daughter pf James Morley, a senior merchant at Bombay in 1759.

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