Porcelain heraldic tankard

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Made in China for the European market

Postcard of Porcelain heraldic tankard.
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Porcelain heraldic tankard

This porcelain tankard was made in China around 1770. It is decorated with the arms of Munro of Foulis in Ross-shire.

The tankard has a C-shaped handle. The arms are painted on the side opposite to the handle and consist of an eagle's head, an eagle as a crest and two eagles as supporters with the motto 'Dread god' underneath.

Chinese porcelain had been imported into Europe since the 16th century, but by the 18th century armorial dinner services were being ordered from China. Families who wanted their arms painted on export porcelain sent out engravings to China to be copied.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-202-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 70
Date: Around 1770
Material: Glazed white china. Inscription: DREAD GOD
Dimensions: 160 mm H x 110 mm D (rim) x 120 mm D (base)
What: Tankard
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Munro of Foulis
Description: Glazed white china tankard with a C-shaped handle, cylindrical in shape but flaring out at the foot, bearing the Arms of Munro of Foulis and the motto DREAD GOD, made in China
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