Three porcelain Vessels made for the Armenian market China, late 18th Century
The first bowl and the dish are inscribed (on the shield) GS in Armenian characters, possibly standing for Gabriel George T(er) Simonean; the other bowl with that name in Armenian and his initials in Roman characters. Because of the date (1794) and the inscriptions in Armenian these vessels have been linked with four cups of the same date in the collection of the Armenian Patriarchate of St.James, Jerusalem (cf. Carswell, J., Dowsett, C.J.F., Kutahya Tiles and Pottery from the Armenian Cathedral of St. James, Jerusalem, 2 vols. (Oxford 1972), appendix A, pp. 102-3, and plate 45a-c). However these cups are of Meissen porcelain and were donations to the Patriarch and other notables: hence it seems possible that 1794 simply saw many instances of porcelain being inscribed with Armenian characters.