Pair of Chinese export porcelain armorial saucers, c.1775
From Chinese Armorial Porcelain Vol. II by David Sanctuary Howard:
“The coat is of Page, Gules a chevron between three doves argent a crescent for difference [correctly … legged and beaked sable]. The crest is uncertain, being painted as if An eagle rising proper, but with the legs of a martlet. The impaled coat is probably, Argent on a bend azure three crosses or crosslet or [here appearing argent but possibly worn] recorded for Lowdham and Kingiston, although it is possible that, Argent on a bend azure three square buckles of the field is intended, for Stirling of Craig.
It would seem likely that the dexter coat is for the same family who ordered an earlier service (see P17) where the coat also had a crescent for difference, but the crest was there An eagle displayed. (Because of the obvious failure to understand this bird crest, it is just possible that that is intended here; there is no Page crest with an eagle rising.)
The Page coat referred to in P17 is of Page of Clebroke in Leicestershire (who do bear a crescent for difference) and it is quite likely that a member of that family could have married a Miss Lowdham of the neighbouring county of Nottinghamshire, although that is speculation.”
9.25″ diameter