A Chinese armorial platter for the Portuguese market (Joaquim Pedro Quintela). Jiaqing

Brightly enamelled and gilt to the interior with the arms of Joaquim Pedro Quintela, encircled in the well by a blue and gilt key-fret band and at the flaring rim with a broad stylised leaf band in blue and gilt reserved on a buff ground.

Period :
Jiaqing (1796-1820), ca. 1805
14.76 x 12 in. (37,5 x 30,5 cm)
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For a tureen, cover and stand from this service, see Castro, Chinese Porcelain and the Heraldry of the Empire, p.196.


Joaquim Pedro Quintela (1748-1817) was 1st Baron of Quintela, Knight of the Royal Household, Councillor to Queen D.Maria I, Alcaide-Major of Sortelha, Lord of the Estate of Farrobo, an important businessman and landowner, Commissioner for the Royal Contracts for tobacco and diamonds, owner of the factories of Covilha and Fundao.

In March 1782, he inherited the estate of his parents and maternal uncle, Luis Rebelo Quintela (including a palace Rua Alecrim, Lisbon), thus propelling his ascent to the position of the most important tradesman in the country. To prevent the fortune from being divided by several heirs in the future, he instituted the Majorat of Quintela in 1791. He was ennobled by royal decree on 17 August 1805, when he received the title of Baron of Quintela.

He was married to D. Maria Joaquina Xavier de Saldanha (d. 1805), and they had two children: Maria Gertrudes Quintela (later the Countess of Cunha, by marriage) and Joaquim Pedro Quintela, who later inherited the barony and was made Count of Farrobo in 1833.

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