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Qianlong period, circa 1755

Blue and white porcelain painted with a double coat of arms beneath a crown to the centre, the rim with three peony sprays between bands of diaper pattern, in the centre, two coats-of-arms.


Diam. 38.4 cm


On the left are those of Van der Does. They had been born this way by ennobled by King William I since the beginning of the 16th century. The arms on the right are those of the (van) Stein van Gollenesse family. Julius (van) Stein van Gollenesse (1691-1755) was the first to bear these arms in Colombo in 1748. His daughter, Anthonia Dorothea, who married Gerard van der Does, bore these arms on a seal of 1766.

This armorial service was made for Gerard van der Does (Gouda 1732 - Batavia 1758) and Anthonia Dorothea (van) Stein van Gollenesse (Batavia 1740 - Zwolle 1774) on the occasion of their marriage in Batavia on 25 July 1755.

Gerard van der Does belongs to an ancient and prominent family, originally from Croisilles (France) but settled in Holland since about 1320. The family owned the manor house Ter Does near Leiderdorp. In the 15th and 16th centuries, members of the Van der Does family belonged to the patriciate of Delft and Leiden. Later branches with several family members occupied prominent positions in Gouda, Dordrecht, Amsterdam, Gorinchem and ‘s Hertogenbosch. In 1815 this branch was ennobled in the Netherlands. Gerard's father, Adriaan (1686-1749), councillor and alderman in Gouda, and his wife Catharina de Grande (1688-1774) married in 1712 and belonged to the wealthiest inhabitants of Gouda. They had ten children of which Gerard was the youngest. Gerard joined the VOC before 1754 as a junior merchant, then became “Tweede in de Groote Winkel” (second shop keeper), merchant and “Eerste Suppoost van het Comptoir-Generaal”. In 1755 he was appointed alderman of Batavia, but his career was a short one, he died three years later.

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