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#Didyouknow that during the 18th century, armorial porcelain was a luxury item and about ten times more expensive than regular Chinese porcelain exported to Europe? These porcelain wares painted with family crests and coat of arms, which were specially commissioned by wealthy Europeans to show off their status, wealth and taste. A full service could take over 4 years to receive, and mistakes were not uncommon! 

This Chinese porcelain tea bowl and saucer were decorated for Theodorus van  Reverhorst (1706-58) while he was based in the port of Batavia as a member of the Dutch East India Companys Council of Justice.  The surrounding coats of arms are for his eight great-grandparents.  The vibrancy of this heraldic ornament and the elaborate curlicues suggest Theodorus was quite proud of his ancestry.

#Didyouknow that during the 18th century, armorial porcelain was a luxury item and about ten times more expensive than 'regular' Chinese porcelain exported to Europe? These porcelain wares painted with family crests and coat of arms, which were specially commissioned by wealthy Europeans to show off their status, wealth and taste. A full service could take over 4 years to receive, and mistakes were not uncommon!

This Chinese porcelain tea bowl and saucer were decorated for Theodorus van Reverhorst (1706-58) while he was based in the port of Batavia as a member of the Dutch East India Company's Council of Justice. The surrounding coats of arms are for his eight great-grandparents. The vibrancy of this heraldic ornament and the elaborate curlicues suggest Theodorus was quite proud of his ancestry.
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