A GOOD CHINESE EXPORT ARMORIAL LARGE DISH, CIRCA 1750, ARMS OF RAPER (sometimes Roper) impaling GROSVENOR. The plate is finely decorated in "famille-rose" enamels. ;In the center are two butterflies hovering above flowering peonies and a rock decorated en grisaille. ;This scene is within a gilt spearhead band at the cavetto. ;The sides of the rim are decorated with floral sprays heightened in gilding. ;On the top of the rim is a gold and blue antelope''s head crest. ;The bottom of the rim shows the blue and gold. Small glaze crack on rim. Diameter: 11 5/16 inches (28.8 cm.). Reference: ; ;A candlestick from this service is illustrated by Howard, p.502, no. P22; and a plate was in the collection of Francois Hervouet, sold at Sotheby''s in Monte Carlo on June 22, 1987, lot 1705. This second son was probably a son or nephew of Mathew Raper of London. ;This Raper family later lived in Abeeford & Langthorne in Yorkshire. ;A Mr. J. Raper was the junior super cargo on the "Harrison" at Canton in 1734 while Mathew Raper Junior was member of the Council at Canton from 1767 ( Chief in 1778 & 1779) and returned to England in 1781. Sir Thomas Grosvenor, the 3rd Baronet, had married in 1677, Mary Davis, an heiress of Ebuery and inherited vast estates in London. ;It is probably from one of his five sons that this Miss Grosvenor descended.
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