A charming and finely made pair of Chinese export porcelain armorial leaf-form pickle dishes bearing the Scottish Arms of MacDonald, most likely in accollee with that of Forbes. From a service made for Sir Alexander MacDonald, 9th baronet; the arms consisting of two shields with a crest beneath a tree from which a banner hangs with the family motto, all within an outer grapevine border and a second crest and banner centered at the top. It is amazing that the same attention to detail was applied in painting a 4 1/4″ long pickle dish as was applied to the grander forms of the service. One dish with a minute rim frit, otherwise very good condition. The armorial illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 279. Circa 1785.