Decorated with a quartered coat-of-arms beneath an earl's coronet, with supports, all above the motto 'PER MARE PER TERRAS', the border of gilt bamboo intertwined wit flowers sprays, shaped rim with green enameled leaf tips
9 in. (22.9 cm.) diameter

with Polly Latham Asian Art, New York (according to label).
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This plate is part of a larger service that was probably ordered by William Alexander of New York, former President of Columbia University and Brigadier General in Washington's army in the 1770s. Alexander claimed descent from Henry, 5th (and last) Earl of Stirling who died in 1739 and assumed these arms although the House of Lords would never truly recognized the claim. David S. Howard notes in Chinese Armorial Porcelain, that Alexander ordered the service in 1770 but by the time it arrived in London in 1775 the service was impounded and he probably never saw his commission (op cit., vol. II, p.264, pl.N6).
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