An exceptional quality deep-carved counter: it has the crest for the Groom family - an armoured arm embowed grasping a gauntlet- and most unusually the crest is relief-carved (in itself an indication of a very special order to Canton). The sides of the front are superbly relief-carved with detailed figures - eight of them! The reverse is where you see Canton carving at its finest: there are eight people shown and one is riding a horse. It is very hard to show the true beauty of this counter (I have listed others from this set). The mother-of-pearl is of the finest quality available and is able to show highly detailed carving. The fact that a horse is depicted is also an indication that this counter was from a very special order. Cetainly far from a standard commission! I have included as many photos as I can in an attempt to give you a good idea of the superb quality of this counter.
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