A rather rare Chinese export armorial made for the Spanish Colonial market and of highly unusual form, this trefoil form serving dish is centered with the Arms of Domingo Ignacio de Lardizabal y Arza (1731-1812). He resided in Cadiz, Spain where is was registered as a merchant. He then emigrated to New Spain where he served as Captain of the Militias in Mexico City and was made Knight of the Order of Santiago in 1766. This service most likely made after that date as it incorporates the cross of the Order behind the armorial. Measuring 10″ x 12″, in very good condition, and dating to circa 1785. Ex-Elinor Gordon Collection.