Chinese Armorial Porcelain Platter Plate SNODGRASS E.I.C GANJAM TAX COLLECTOR
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1780
WEIGHT: 64.30 troy ounces (70.55 ounces or 2,000.00 grams)
Superb Chinese armorial platter or charger painted with the arms and crest for SNODGRASS.
Measures approx 13.5 Inches wide.
Small rim flake, some possible regilding to arms.
Thomas Snodgrass entered the East India Company as a 'Writer' or clerk at the age of 18. Through perseverance he became a 'Collector' a tax collector for Ganjam District in Eastern India. He built a waterside mansion with stabling for horses and elephants and a tiny stone building on a rocky outcrop on the lake.
His accounts mysteriously sank on a boat in the lake and he lost his position. He later appeared outside India House dressed as a streep sweeper to plead for his lost pension!
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