The crest of a marten, a rebus of the name Martin, may indicate this service was made for the English merchant banking family of that name. See D.S. Howard, op.cit., 1974, p.335. The design is copied from a set of allegorical depictions of the seasons designed by C.P. Cipriani, engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi and published in August 1780. This design represents Autumn; a Chinese service with this crest but with a design representing Summer is also known to have been made, of which several pieces are recorded, and it may well be that a further two services, with Spring and Winter, were commissioned, but there are no pieces remaining to substantiate this.
A chestnut dish with pierced cover from the McCann Woolworth Collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is illustrated by M. Beurdeley, op.cit., 1962, cat.63a, together with a detail of the engraving by Bartolozzi as cat.63b; a pierced basket, copying a Wedgwood model, also from the McCann Woolworth Collection, but in the Metropolitan Museum, is also illustrated by Beurdeley, ibid., cat.128; a dish in the British Museum, was exhibited Taipei, 1994, no.66; and a plate is illustrated by F. and N. Hervout and Y. Bruneau, 1986, fig.13.97 together with a plate from the 'Summer' service as fig.13.96.