Teabowl & saucer, Qianlong c.1790-95, with the quarterly arms of Huyshe impaling Stuart
Teabowl and saucer c.1790-95, with interesting heraldry, painted in the neo-classical style. The arms are of Huyshe quartering Avenell and impaling (for a marriage) Stuart quartering an ancient coat of augmentation, also of Stuart. Only five families bear an elephant’s head as a crest on their armorial porcelain.
From a tea service made for Mark Huish and Margaret Stuart who married in Birmingham in 1774; perhaps a gift for a twentieth wedding anniversary, appropriately called a ‘china anniversary’.
His great-uncle by marriage was Calverley Bewicke, for whom a remarkable and unique bowl was made about 1740 with the arms of Bewicke and manuscript inscription beneath reading ‘Our Coat of Arms’.
Reference : Howard, David S.; Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Volume I, p.744 (with amended information above)
Saucer with rim hairline sealed and totally invisible. Enamels and gilding extremely good.
Size : Cup: 3.5 inches across. Saucer: 5.5 inches across