An especially beautiful, early Yongzheng period armorial plate, made for the Anglo-Indian market as it bears the ARMS OF STACKHOUSE, almost certainly made for John Stackhouse, Governor and President of Bengal (1732-1739) and who is buried in St. John’s Church, Calcutta. The plate is centered with a flamboyant central arms rendered in the newly developed famille rose enamels, encircled within a lavishly detailed, gilded foliate cavetto border and with an outer rim of gilded peonies, all finished with a further gilded scrolling foliate edge. Outstanding painting and quality, in good condition with only small reverse chips filled and a short hairline consolidated. To make the piece even more interesting, it is said that the service was later used as payment of a gambling debt between the Prince Regent and the royal saddler David Pollock. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 223.