This is an unusual example of an armorial piece in which the coat of arms has been incorporated into a Chinese scene. The coat of arms is that of the Garfootes of Essex and Suffolk that was confirmed on them in 1634.
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, […]
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 […]