London, South Kensington
18 July 2002
A CHINESE ARMORIAL OVAL SERVING DISH
QIANLONG, CIRCA 1785
PAINTED IN COLOURED ENAMELS AND GILT WITH A COAT OF ARMS BEARING A CHEVRON AND THREE LIONS, FLANKED BY A SABLE AND LION, SURMOUNTED BY A CORONET AND COLLARED SABLE, BEARING THE MOTTO 'VIRTUS INCENDIT VIRES' -- 16IN. (40.6CMS) LONG, (GILT RUBBED TO RIM).
THE ARMS ARE OF SMYTHE, VISCOUNT STRANGFORD. SEE 'CHINESE ARMORIAL PORCELAIN', D.S HOWARD, PAGE 991.
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