A CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN ARMORIAL SERVICE
A CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN ARMORIAL SERVICE

QIANLONG, CIRCA 1795

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A CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN ARMORIAL SERVICE
QIANLONG, CIRCA 1795
Each piece is painted with the arms of MacDonald, the senior baronet of Nova Scotia, accollée with Forbes, leaning against a palm tree bearing fruit and suspending purple ribbon with the motto PER MARE PER TERRAS, surrounded by an unusual grapevine border on the rim and centered by the MacDonald crest, an arm in armour in fess holding a crosslet fitched gules and the motto NEC TEMPORE NEC FATO, comprising:

A pair of oval vegetable tureens, covers and liners, 11½ in. (29.2 cm.) wide
A pair of rectangular vegetable tureens and covers, 11¾ in. (29.8 cm.) wide
A pair of shaped oval vegetable tureens and covers, 11 in. (28 cm.) wide
A pair of large oval hot water dishes, 15 5/8 in. (39.6 cm) wide
A pair of oval deep serving dishes, 12½ in. (31.7 cm.) wide
A pair of circular sauce tureens on fixed stands, covers and small ladles, 8 in. (20.3 cm.) diameter
Four sauce boats with entwined strap handles, 7¾ in. (18.7 cm.) long
Four oblong celery dishes, 11 in. (28 cm.) wide
Four large oval platters, 13¼ in. (33.6 cm.) long
A pair of medium oval platters, 12 1/8 in. (30.8 cm.) long
A pair of small oval platters, 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm.) long
Three oval reticulated basket stands, 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) wide
Three oval reticulated basket stands, 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm.) wide
Four spoon trays, 7½ in. (19 cm.) long
A two-handled sugar bowl and cover, 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm.) high
Six custard cups and covers, 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) high
Six egg cups, 2¾ in. (7 cm.) high
Six pudding dishes, 7 5/8 in. (19.3 cm.) diameter
Five saucer dishes, 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm.) diameter (81)

Lot Essay

For a detailed discussion about the MacDonald family history, see David Sanctuary Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 279.
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