A partial dinner service, hard paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded, probably manufactured in Jingdezhen and decorated in Guangzhou, China (for the export market), Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Yongzheng reign (1722-1735), circa 1728, comprising: one 23cm plate, three 32cm plates, three 35cm plates and two 39cm plates. Unmarked. Armorial porcelain decorated in the rouge-de-fer pattern with an eagle's head crest and the arms of Hoare, a double-headed eagle, with the arms of Colt, three galloping colts, in pretence. Made for Henry Hoare II, called 'the Magnificent' (1705-1785). This dinner service is associated with a tea service bearing the arms of Sir Richard Hoare (1709-1754) (730489) and a tea canister, the only remaining piece from another tea service, bearing the arms of a female member of the Hoare family (730797). The three sets are thought to have been commissioned to commemorate the marriage of Henry ‘the Magnificent’ to Susan Colt in 1728.
Commissioned circa 1728. Associated with the tea service (730489) listed in the ‘Inventory of Heirlooms at Stourhead directed to be taken by the Will of the late Sir Richard Colt Hoare Bart.’, 1838, in the China Cupboard, as ‘Set of Oriental Tea China marked with the Family Crest containing 8 Tea Cups and 10 Saucers, Sugar Basin Cream pot, Stand & Cover 5 Coffee cups 4-5 saucers 2 Breakfast Cups 1 saucer & 1 Bread and Butter plate imperfect.’ Bequeathed by Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare, 6th Bt (1865 – 1947), 1946.
Makers and roles
Unknown , manufacturer Unknown , decorator