Chinese porcelain plate
Late 17th century
Found during excavations by Winchester Museums Service Archaeology Section in a field just east of Wickham Square (opposite St Nicholas Church) in the mid- to late 1970s
This plate, decorated with geometric designs and floral motifs was one of a group of Chinese porcelain tablewares found in the backfill of a cess pit on the site of Wickham Manor House. No porcelain was exported between 1644 and 1683, as there was civil war in China. Of a type known as 'revival Kraak Porselijn', it was made after the war was over, the kilns had been rebuilt and normal trade had resumed.