A very handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain octagonal form dinner plates, hand-painted in a brilliant undeglaze blue with a classic Chinese landscape within a diapered cavetto with floral reserves, the rim with exquisitely rendered flowering sprigs and branches, the top centered with a family’s armorial crest of a seated hound. This pair obviously once part of a noble’s extensive dinner service, most likely the Arms of Proctor, the quality of the potting, the glaze and the meticulous painting suggest a date earlier rather than later in the 18th century. Measuring 8 3/4″ across, and in excellent condition. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 128. Circa 1740.