REF No. 6829 GG
GG: Chinese armorial porcelain cup and saucer, arms of Saunders


Qianlong period circa 1745
English Market
Diameter of Saucer: 4 3/4 in
from the Golden Gate Collection

A Chinese export porcelain armorial teabowl and saucer painted en grisaille and gilt with iron red, with a central coat of arms and the rim with a du Paquier style border.

The arms are for Saunders, probably made for Thomas Saunders (1713-1775) who married Christian, daughter of Thomas Pitt of Boconoc, Cornwall. Saunders was Governor of Fort St George, Madras, (1750-1755). He was considered a successful and honourable man, he resigned for the sake of his health and left for Europe on 14 January 1755, carrying with him what was considered by Robert Orme as only a ‘Moderate fortune’ when a corrupt man in his position might have made much more. Orme later remarked, he was ‘the Man on Earth I should dread [most] as an Enemy’.

References: Howard 1974, p349, this service.



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GG: Chinese armorial porcelain cup and saucer, arms of Saunders