Chinese Export Porcelain with a Virginia Connection

A small mid-18th century armorial porcelain teapot stand. I sent a picture to my British heraldry expert friend. Here is his report:

“The arms painted on the Chinese export dish (18th century, I imagine) are those of West, Barons De La Warr and West, most probably commissioned by/for an American descendant, likely to have been a descendant of Capt. John West, Governor of Virginia 1635-37. Thomas West, 3rd (12th)  Baron De La Warr (July 9, 1576 – July 7, 1618)was the first governor of Virginia.  Three of his brothers also lived in the colony, two of whom, John and Francis West, also served as governor and deputy governor respectively.  De La Warr is pronouncedDelaware and, as you probably know, the Delaware River was named for them.  Thomas’s martialled arms are more complicated than above but his brothers may have used only the quartered arms shown.  At least Governor John West settled in the America, as detailed in a book in the DeRidder Library, Louisiana (title & author unknown):

…Col. John West was a son of Capt. John West, Gov. of VA 1635-37, who was a brother of Thomas West, 12th Lord Delaware [sic], Gov. of VA, 1610-18, who died enroute to VA in 1618. Capt. West was born 14 Dec 1590, and died at his residence at West Point, (named for him) about 1660. He was a member of the Virginia Company in 1609, Burgess from York 1629-30, Justice 1634 and member of the Council from 1631 until his death.
…Col. John West was born in 1632, being the first white child born on York River. He married Unity, daughter of Joseph Croshaw, Burgess for York who died in 1667 and mentioned his daughter Unity in his will.
…The children of Col. John and Unity West were: Anne, who married Henry Fox; Unity, m. Capt. Wm. Dandrige; Thomas; John; Nathaniel.
…”The Descendants of Henry Fox and Anne West, his wife” have presented a chart to the Virginia Historical Society, showing Anne West’s descent from 13 Magna Carta Barons (Lord Delaware chart attached)

Also, the arms of West are included in Crozier’s General Armory; a registry of American families entitled to coat armor. See

For more detail about Thomas West see  and,_3rd_Baron_De_La_Warr

Best wishes for 2024,”

The decoration is rather worn but there are no chips or cracks.



call (540) 371-1766

Origin:  China
Period: 1750's c.

H: .75"   W: 5"   D: 4.75"
SKU 29823

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