• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 189

    A GEORGE I SILVER-GILT TAZZA

    MARK OF EDMUND PEARCE, LONDON, 1725

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE I SILVER-GILT TAZZA
    MARK OF EDMUND PEARCE, LONDON, 1725
    Circular, with gadrooned border and flaring circular gadrooned foot, the field finely engraved with Royal armorials and the foot engraved with the Royal badge, marked on reverse of field and on foot
    13¼ in. (33.6 cm.) diameter; 64 oz. (2,002 gr.)


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    George Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp (1725-1745) was the only son and heir of Algernon, 7th Duke of Somerset and 1st Earl of Northumberland. It seems probable that this piece was given to him by his godfather, King George II, at his christening. His other godparents were Caroline, Princess of Wales (later Queen Consort) and the Earl of Thomond.

    Edmund Pearce was apprenticed to Philip Rollos, Subordinate Goldsmith to King William III and Queen Anne. His other work for the Jewel House includes a York Races Gold Cup of 1717.

    Provenance

    Presumably presented by King George II (1727-1760) to his godson, George Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp (1725-1745) on the occasion of his christening, then by descent to
    His Grace the Duke of Northumberland, sold Sotheby's, London, 3 May 1984, lot 54 (with a cup and cover)
    His Excellency Mahdi Al-Tajir
    Property of a Gentleman, Christie's, London, 1 December 2004, lot 716 (with a cup and cover)
    With Alastair Dickenson, London


    Literature

    The Glory of the Goldsmith, Magnificent Gold and Silver from the Al-Tajir Collection, 1989, no. 65, p. 94
    Vanessa Brett, The Sotheby's Dictionary of Silver, 1986, no. 690


    Exhibited

    Christie's, London, The Glory of the Goldsmith: Magnificent Gold and Silver from the Al-Tajir Collection, 1989, no. 65