Using at least ten different enamels, this service is often described as one of the most elaborate armorial services ever made (see David Howard and John Ayers, China for the West, Vol. II, p. 412, no. 412). For the arms see David Sanctuary Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. 1, London, 1974, p. 308, H3.
In good condition, the silvering on the arms is slightly rough and the motto misfired. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.