London, South Kensington
27 May 1999
A Chinese armorial coffee cup and saucer
painted in famille rose enamels with a central crest surmounted by a lion holding an ear of wheat beneath the motto 'Gratitudo' within spearhead borders -- the saucer 4in. (12cms) diam, Qianlong, (restoration to saucer and handle).
The arms are of Bigland. See 'Chinese Armorial Porcelain', D.S Howard, page 508.
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