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Chinese famille rose octagonal armorial plate, Qianlong (1736-95), decorated in the centre with a spray of flowers, above with the arms of Grant of Darlway, Scotland, gules a boar's head couped between three Eastern crowns, within a bordure all or, crest a hand couped at the wrist holding a branch of laurel fructed proper, with the motto 'Radicem firmant frondes', all within a double-spearhead border separated by small sprays of flowers.
This service was made for Charles Grant of Darlway and Waternish, Inverness-shire, (c. 1746-1823). Though from a humble background, he rose to become director of the East India Company (1797-1823) and Chairman in 1805, 1809 and 1815, and director of the South Sea Company. For a full biography see History of Parliament Online. For an illustrated example of a salt from this same service see Howard, David S., 'Chinese Armorial Porcelain', Vol. II (London, 1974), p. 523, pl. P24.