Christians Liverpool Armorial Tea Canister
Christians Liverpool armorial tea canister
A rare Christians Liverpool armorial tea canister and cover painted with the arms of Brougham and Lamplugh on the canister and with the crest on the cover.
c.1775
Ht: 4.7", 12 cm

Armorial commissions are rarely found on Liverpool porcelain, perhaps due to the ease of ordering and acquiring Chinese armorial services through the port of Liverpool. Both the Brougham and Lamplugh families were from Cumberland, sufficiently close to Liverpool to order a service from the newly established Christian’s factory.

Elizabeth Lamplugh, heiress of the Lamplugh family married Henry Brougham of Scales Hall in Cumberland in 1670. There does not appear to be any concrete reason, such as a marriage, for this service to be ordered a century later.

Illustrated: A. Agnew, F. Marno & D. Doxey, op. cit., p. 52, no 69.

Ref: C. Hanley, ECC Transactions, Vol 18 Pt 3, p. 548.