A Rare Folly Fort Deep Plate
Decorated in puce monochrome with a scene of the Dutch Folly Fort
Within a gilt, and a blue enamel floral borders
The rim decorated with a bianco-sopra-bianco floral scroll
Diameter; 8 3/4: (22.2 cm)
Condition; one very small frit to rim
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