Chinese Export Armorial Punch Bowl from a set for Daniel Seton, Surat 1795
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A lovely well-used Chinese Export armorial porcelain punch bowl with coat of arms/crest of Clan Seton, motto 'HAZARD ZET FORWARD" (Hazard Zit Forward on some versions). The motto is a combination of Norman French and archaic English meaning at whatever risk, yet go forward. Hand painted with worn gilt details, the Seton crest is a fire breathing wyvern (type of dragon with two legs).
"From a service made for Daniel Seton, who originally went to India in 1764 and became a member of the Council of Surat in 1771. In 1791 he was Military Stores Keeper and in 1800, Lieutenant Governor of Surat, where he died three years later.
He married Sarah Stratton (possibly a daughter or sister of Mr. George Stratton, a private merchant at Canton in 1777) and two sons and four daughters." From Chinese Armorial Porcelain by David Sanctuary Howard, , 1974
"Out of an eastern crown, a dragon vomiting fire proper." The crown not being painted on several earlier services.
NOTE: wear appropriate for age and use, minor losses to gilding, gold worn in places