Soup Plate


Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Qianlong period (1736-1795), About 1755

The Gourlays were from Fifeshire in east Scotland. This service was probably made for George Gourlay who married Margaret Robertson in 1757. Perhaps a wedding present, services such as this took several years to complete, from placing the order, sending it to China, making and decorating the pieces, and shipping them back to the buyers, at least two to three years were required.