10 June 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 2,125
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
A GEORGE II IRISH SILVER COFFEE-POT
MARK OF WILLIAM TOWNSEND, DUBLIN, CIRCA 1750
Pear-shaped and spreading reeded foot, with fluted and leaf spout, the body decorated overall with panels of Chinese figures in landscapes surrounded by foliage scrolls and flowers, engraved with coat-of-arms, the domed cover with a pineapple finial, with Victorian silver handle, marked near rim, on cover bezel and on handle, the foot further engraved with a scratchweight '33=13'
11 in. (28 cm.) high
gross weight 36 oz. (1,108 gr.)
The arms are those of Ramsay quartering Bannerman and impaling Hilton probably for Captain John Ramsay (1843-1913) and his wife Florence (d.1906) only daughter of Richard Hilton of Preston House Faversham who he married in 1876.
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Anonymous sale; Sotheby's London, 9 February 1984, lot 168
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