The Honourable East India Company, Jiaqing Period :
This well known and very large service was made for the Honourable East India Company residences in India, Madras, Bombay and Calcutta during the Jiaqing Period (1796-1820). What survived was was bought back to England by successive Governors of the company as well as Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma and last Viceroy of India (see references below). The `Diana Cargo` (Christie`s Amsterdam, March 1995) contained a range of dishes of different sizes from this official service. The ship was heading from Canton to Madras, the base for one of the official Residences, when it sank in March 1817. It is likely these dishes were replacements. Unfortunately when the porcelain was recovered the overglaze decoration was a shadow of its original finely enamelled and gilt painting.