The arms are those of Dom Gaspar de Saldanha e Albuquerque, Rector of the University of Coimbra, Prelate of the Patriarchal Church of Lisbon, Judge, Deputy of the Board of Conscience and Orders, and President of the respective Tribunal. His father was Governor and Captain-General of Rio de Janeiro. See N. de Castro, Chinese Porcelain and the Heraldry of the Empire, 1988, p. 105, where a tureen, cover and stand, probably the same sold in these Rooms, 2 March 1976, lot 264, are illustrated. Another, from the McCann Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is illustrated by M. Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, 1962, cat. 157, p. 186, and by J. G. Phillips, China Trade Porcelain, 1960, colour plate 6. For an oblong octagonal dish and an unusual enamelled copper tray and domed cover from this service, see J. G. Phillips, ibid., 1960, pls. 37 and 39; the latter is also illustrated by M. Beurdeley, ibid., 1962, cat. 79. A serving dish and enamel cover from the J. A. Lloyd Hyde Collection is illustrated by A. du Boulay, Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, Oxford, 1984, p. 280, fig. 6; and sold in these Rooms, 8 July 1974, lot 227.
A pair of plates was sold in our New York Rooms, 24 January 1992, lot 26; a single plate in these Rooms, 6 April 1998, lot 117; a dish also in these Rooms, 16 November 1999, lot 397; and a rare bottle cooler in our New York Rooms, 26 January 2006, lot 18.