Throughout the seventeenth century Japanese lacqueres were exported to Europe. Along the cabinets (comptoirs), coffers and other functional objects, there were rare forms including armorial dishes, ewers and basins. Examples of these sold in these rooms are lot 342, 11 November, 1991 and lot 1, 17 June, 1996. Many of these pieces were used by the VOC as gifts to rulers and high officials. Most of the armorial pieces including shelds were privately orderd as they bear personal coats of arms.
The first official shipment of lacquer, arranged by Jacques l'Hermite, a manager of the VOC in Bantam, arrived at Texel on the Dutch ship "de Roode Loeuw met de Pijlen" in 1610. He advised the Board of Directors to commission the Japanese to produce lacquer following specifications sent from Europe.
The arms depicted on this dish are attrubuted to Meuninck de Monicx in Flanders in J.-B. Rietstap's Armorial General vol. 3.
The blazon is D'or a la faxced du Gu., acc. de trois trefles de sin., ranges en chef.