This porcelain bowl, made in Japan and mounted in silver in Paris, is a rare relic of the Stuart court in exile. It belonged to Lady Strickland of Sizergh Castle, who fled to France with James II and Queen Mary of Modena following William III’s seizure of the throne. Together they formed part of the English court in exile at the magnificently furnished château of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Versailles. The silver mounts convert the bowl into an 'écuelle', a high-status bowl for bouillon (broth). In the fashion of the French court, bouillon was served for breakfast.