Rare Blue and White Folly fort dish
Finely decorated with a scene of the Dutch Folly Fort
With two large barges moored to the side
The walled ‘fort’ containing a temple and a grove of trees
Surrounded by various small boats
Diameter; 9 5/8″ (24.4 cm)
See ‘Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum’ No 52. Page 146
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In the Ming Dynasty the Chinese had constructed two forts in the Pearl River as defences
For the city of Guangzhou (Canton)
Due to developments in weaponry they were redundant by the 18thc
The Dutch and French were then allowed to make use of them as warehouses
Being known as the French and Dutch Folly Forts
The Dutch Fort was directly opposite the city and just half a mile from the hongs.
Where they were given permission to build a hospital.
However, they were later discovered to be bringing guns