Hamilton serving dish

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The arms on this serving dish belong to the Hamilton family and their quartering reflects the family's historical marriage unions with the families Douglas and Arran. The service was probably commissioned by Archibald Hamilton of Riccarton in Linlithgow, Governor of Jamaica, naval captain, and Member of Parliament from 1708 to 1747 (Howard, 1974, p.226. For a saucer in the same service).

His youngest son, Sir William Hamilton - famous for being married to Emma, Admiral Lord Nelson's mistress - is known to have used the service to which this plate belonged while Ambassador to Naples (from 1764 to 1800). This rare service can be dated to the late Kangxi period when rose-pink enamel was not yet in use.



See also:
•  Douglas-Hamilton plates


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