19th C. Pair of Large English Porcelain Armorial Plates - Briscoe
Pair of porcelain armorial plates c. 1840, bearing crest and motto of the Briscoe family.
Dimensions: Each approximately 10½” diameter.
The claret border has three hand-painted floral vignettes surrounded by a gilt design of flowers, vines and leaves, and a gilt gradrooned edge.
The center is white with a large crest of a greyhound chasing a rabbit with the motto: “Grata Sume Manu” meaning “Take With A Grateful Hand”. This is the crest and motto of the Briscoe (alternatively, Brisco) family.
According to Crozier, “A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor from the Earliest to the Present Time”, p. 16, the Briscoe family is one of the few American families entitled to maintain a coat of arms. The first member of its American branch is listed as Dr. John Briscoe, St. Mary’s, Maryland, having emigrated from Newbiggin, Cumberland, England in either 1532 or 1634 depending on sources.
While the plates are unmarked, plates from the same service have been identified as likely manufactured by Coalport.
Condition: Some rubbed gilding on each plate; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.