- Museum number
Burnell (?). The coat, "Argent a lion campant sable on a bend azure three martlets (?) of the firld", is not recorded but......"on a bendlet gules three martlets of the field" is that of Burnell. The crest, "A demi lion rampant azure", is not recorded as a Burnell crest. 'Famille rose' beaker with an English coat of arms. Part of a five-piece garniture, comprised of three covered oviform jars and a pair of flaring vases in a form reminiscent of archaic bronze 'gu', each painted in 'famille rose' enamels and gilding with a coat of arms and a crest.
The family of Burnell lived in Ireland, Essex and London but for which branch this service was made is not clear - if for Burnell at all.
- Production date
- 1750-1770 (circa)
Diameter: 11.40 centimetres
Height: 24 centimetres
Weight: 0.80 kilograms
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall and Krahl 1994:
The arms possibly belong to the English family of Burnell, although according to Howard the crest is not recorded as a Burnell crest (Howard, 1974, p. 572). Chinese porcelain was popular in Europe not only for practical use as dinner, tea and coffee services but also for interior decoration.
A garniture is a set of matching vessels of uneven number, usually varying from five to nine pieces, made for display on the mantelpiece, on brackets and cornices of walls, and in cupboards and cabinets of European houses. Such garnitures became popular in Europe during
the Kangxi period (1662-1722).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994, Taiwan, National Museum of History, Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics
1995 27 Jan-26 Mar, London, BM, G91, East Meets West: Chinese Trade Ceramics in the British Museum
2012 22 Jun-2013 6 Jan, Beijing, National Museum of China, ‘Passion for Porcelain’
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1887,1218.4