The best example of this early Yongzheng period service we’ve ever handled, this lovely Chinese export porcelain soup plate, ordered for the English market, bears the bold central Arms of Hanbery with Comyin in Pretence all with an extremely rich and detailed gilded grapevine border. Little expense was spared to create this fine service which is at odds with whom it was made for, one John Hanbury a wealthy Quaker London tobacconist who held considerable lands in Maryland and Virginia which were worked by enslaved laborers drawing much ire and scorn from his Quaker friends and associates. Mr. Hanbury is further discussed and an example of this service illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 265. Minor rim chips and a line to the reverse, but the front in virtually pristine condition, the gilding especially fine. 9″ in diameter. Circa 1730-1735. Ex- Elinor Gordon collection.