REF No. 6803 GG
GG: Chinese armorial eggshell porcelain small bowl, arms of Murray quartering Hepburn
Yongzheng period circa 1735
Diameter: 5¾ inches; 14.5cm
from the Golden Gate Collection
Provenance: a gift from David Howard
A Chinese export porcelain small armorial bowl with a coat of arms within a lobed panel reserved on a grisaille cell diaper with scattered gilt flowers,
The arms are of Murray of Glendoick quartering Hepburn of Smeaton, with a badge for a Baronet of Nova Scotia, the crest on the reverse is: A dexter hand holding a mirror proper.
This is from a teaservice made for Sir Patrick Hepburn-Murray, 4th Baronet of Glendoick (1706-1756) who was the grandson of the first baronet Sir Thomas Murray (d1684), created a baronet of Nova Scotia in 1676 and was married to Barbara, daughter of Thomas Hepburn of Blackcastle.
Thomas and Barbara’s eldest son Sir Thomas (2nd Bt) died unmarried and was succeeded by his brother John (3rd Bt), who married Mary Murray. Their son was Sir Patrick, who married Anne Hay and had only one son Alexander who became the 5th baronet in 1756 at the age of 16 months. Alexander later joined the 17th Regiment and was killed by a cannonball at the Battle of Long Island, New York at the age of 21 at which point the baronetcy became extinct.
The estates (including this porcelain) passed to Alexander’s sister and later by descent to the Forbes baronets of Pitsligo, in whose possession it was until the end of the 20th century.
References: Howard 2003, p157, a teapot from this service.