The quality of the Yongzheng period never ceases to amaze with this fine Chinese export porcelain armorial tea bowl and saucer, both pieces with a central roundel against a finely rendered grisaille cellwork ground containing an unusual armorial with a helmet crest above a simple gilt and orange circle containing three X’s and a crescent moon. The arms surrounded by four leaf-shaped reserves – two of gilded peony blossoms, the other two of chrysanthemum and prunus, most likely painted in silver, now tarnished. The arms as yet unidentified, but surely from a bespoke tea service made for a noble family. The saucer, 4 1/2″ in diameter, with s very short line to the reverse, otherwise in good condition, the tea bowl 2 7/8″ in diameter. Circa 1730. Ex- Nelson Kline Collection.