In the 1700s, thousands of dinner services with images of people’s coats of arms were being sent to China to be copied and shipped back to Europe and North America. Samuel Vaughan (1720–1802), a London merchant and Jamaican sugar plantation owner, ordered a dinner service shortly after his marriage to Sarah Hallowell (1727–1809) of Boston in 1747. This soup plate originated from this dinner service and bears both their coat of arms, which the Chinese painters likely copied after an engraved bookplate.


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Maker
Chinese (Qing)
Title
Soup Plate (one of a pair)
Date
c. 1747
Medium
Hard-paste porcelain with enamel and gilding
Dimensions
7/8 × 8 5/8 in. diameter (2.2 × 21.9 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of the Wunsch Americana Foundation

Current Location
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
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Accession Number
B.77.15.1
Classification
Ceramics
Provenance

Samuel Vaughan (1720–1802); [...]; (Wunsch Americana Foundation, New York; given to MFAH,1976.