A beautiful example of this well-known Scottish armorial, most likely from a service ordered for Sir Alexander MacDonald, 9th Baronet, who was created baronet in 1776. The arms are that of MacDonald accollee with Forbes and represents the shields of both families with a knight’s helmet crest, a palm rising from behind, it’s fronds supporting a banner reading “Per Mare Per Terras”. A further crest centers the top of each dish, a forearm and hand clenching a cross, a banner beneath this image reads “Nes Tempore Nec Fato”, the banner draped from branches of a grapevine that forms the border of the piece. Discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 279. The attention to detail is quite amazing, for not only is each piece painted beautifully, but they are also molded with the veins of the leaves down the center. Measuring 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and, with the exception of some very minor fritting to the edges, in very good condition. ┬áCirca 1795.