• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 268

    JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1742/43-1811)

    Lucy Burr, née Parry (1773-1805), first wife of Lieutenant General Daniel Burr, in white muslin dress with lace inset-sleeves, pink sapphire brooch at corsage, pearl necklace centred with a gem, strands of pearls interwoven in her plaited, curling hair dressed in a chignon à l'antique

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1742/43-1811)
    Lucy Burr, née Parry (1773-1805), first wife of Lieutenant General Daniel Burr, in white muslin dress with lace inset-sleeves, pink sapphire brooch at corsage, pearl necklace centred with a gem, strands of pearls interwoven in her plaited, curling hair dressed in a chignon à l'antique
    signed with initials and dated 'J.S. 1804' (lower right)
    on ivory
    oval, 3 3/8 in. (86 mm.) high, gold frame, the reverse with glazed hairwork and opalescent glass reserve centred with the initials 'LMA', enclosed in shagreen case lined with green silk (2)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    John Smart presumably painted the present portrait of Lucy Burr following her marriage to Lieutenant General Daniel Burr on 26 April 1804. Lucy Burr was the second daughter of Thomas Parry, Esq. of Banstead, who was one of the Directors of the Honourable East India Company. Lucy passed away in 1805, the year after her marriage, leaving one daughter, Lucy Mary Anne. A sketch of Lucy Mary Anne Burr (1804-1884), later Mrs James Phillipps, on her fifth birthday, by Smart was sold Sotheby's, London, 4 July 1983, lot 205. For a miniature by John Smart of Lucy Parry's husband, Lieutenant General Daniel Burr, see lot 263.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Exhibited

    London, Royal Academy, The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1811, the Forty-Third, no. 636.