• 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 168

    A GEORGE II SILVER CAKE BASKET

    MARK OF PAUL DE LAMERIE, LONDON, 1739

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    A GEORGE II SILVER CAKE BASKET
    MARK OF PAUL DE LAMERIE, LONDON, 1739
    Shaped oval, on a pierced openwork base with grotesque mask feet, the serpentine rim with rocaille at intervals and masks at either end, the pierced sides with engraved detail and the field flat-chased with rocaille centering an engraved coat-of-arms, the swing handle with caryatid supports, marked under base, with scratch weight 61"1/4
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) long; 59 oz. 10 dwt. (1,858 gr.)


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    The arms are those of Pulleine impaling those of Hutton, for Henry Pulleine of Carleton Hall, Yorkshire (1734-1803), the second son of Wingate Pulleine of the same. The latter was succeeded initially by his eldest son Thomas Babington Pulleine, but on his death without any male heir, his brother Henry inherited the family estates. Henry Pulleine married Elizabeth, daughter of John Hutton of Marske, Yorkshire on 11 September 1764.

    The present basket belongs to a group of Lamerie baskets of this model, with minor variations, all employing wild-mask feet, and executed from 1738 to 1744.

    A basket of this design of 1742, from The Jaime Ortiz-Patiño Collection of Silver by de Lamerie, was sold at Sotheby's, New York, 22 April 1998, lot 23. An example of 1741 is in the Cahn Collection, illustrated in Ellenor Alcorn, Beyond the Maker's Mark: Paul de Lamerie Silver in the Cahn Collection, 2006, fig.34, pp. 97-98.

    Provenance

    Christie's, London, 21 January 1908, lot 65
    Sotheby's, London, 18 December 2007, lot 183
    With Alastair Dickenson, London