Description & Technical information

English Market
Length: 7½ inches; 19cm
from the Golden Gate Collection

A Chinese export porcelain  armorial teapot and cover with a coat of arms delicately painted and surrounded by birds and flowers with sprays of bamboo.

The arms are of Mosley of Ancoats: Sable a chevron between three pickaxes argent.
Crest: An eagle displayed ermine.
Motto: Mos Legem Regit

The Mosley family are from Manchester, descended from Sir Nicholas Mosley (1527-1612) a cloth merchant, Lord of the Manor of Manchester and subsequently Lord Mayor of London.
This service was probably made for Sir John Parker Mosley (1732-1798), (1st Baronet, 3rd creation, 8 June 1781). He was the son of Nicholas Mosley and Elizabeth Parker, and he married in 1760 Elizabeth Bayley. He was High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1786.  He inherited the estates of his cousin Sir John Mosley. He was succeeded by his grandson Sir Oswald Mosley, 2nd Bt (1785-1871).

References: Howard 2003, p276, a cup from this service.

Date:  Qianlong period circa 1755
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 19 cm (7¹/₂ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art