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Godfrey - a special set



Godfrey 1

The crest, like all the rest of the decoration, was copied by hand from a bookplate or illustration, by Chinese artists who can have had little idea of what they were copying. Yet their representation ...


Godfrey 2

The full arms were also copied by hand onto hundreds of pieces with remarkable fidelity. Here, of course, they were painted with enamels in the true colours not the tinctures or shading.


Godfrey 3

This wealth is reflected in the fact that four armorial services were recorded for the family. Given that these services took years to produce and may have included well over a hundred pieces, all ...


Godfrey 4

The reverse once more has all the detail of the single fish.


Godfrey 5

This extract from 'Chinese Armorial Porcelain' by David Howard (volume 1, page 172)(reproduced with the kind permission of the author) suggests who that person may have been. PeterGodfrey was a chief ...


Godfrey 6

Even fewer included an armorial double-fish as well! It measures three inches from nose to the tip of the tail. Superb quality mother-of-pearl. This was clearly an exceptional set made for someone of ...


Godfrey 7

The reverse of the fish shows the crest and also the motto: 'Corde Fixam' (Steadfast in heart). It is clear that extra care went into producing the fish; the motto does not appear on the round, for ...


Godfrey 8

The reverse of the counter gives us a clear idea of the date: this type of flower was used as decoration very early, in around 1720 to 1730. See, for instance, the 'Worth' family counter reverse on ...


Godfrey 9

Then there is a matching fish. Made in high quality thick mother-of-pearl, this is a beautiful counter. The front shows the full coat of arms. Interestingly, the round does not show the full tinctures ...


Godfrey 10

The arms are: 'sable (black) a chevron between three pelicans' heads erased or, vulning themselves proper'. 'Or' is the colour (or metal) gold. Colours or metals were represented in pre-determined ...


Godfrey 11

We start off with a very nice, early round with a full coat of arms (see below for detail). There is also a crest described by Fairbairn as:' a demi-native proper holding in the dexter hand a ...


Godfrey 12

And finally the porcelain plate and the set of mother-of-pearl counters are re-united! Two hundred and seventy years on! A Special Set.


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