The Ayles was a merchant family in London. This and a round plate (2010.100) are from the same service. During the eighteenth century each course of a meal was served on a separate dish. Sets of china therefore could consist of literally hundreds of pieces.
These are the arms of the Berewout family of Amsterdam. The service was made for Frederick Berewout who married Anna Maria du Peyrou in 1717. Frederick was a merchant, ship owner and banker, with commercial interests in Surinam and the West Indian sugar trade. He was a Director of the Dutch West Indies Company from […]