• 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 177

    A GEORGE II SILVER CAKE BASKET

    MARK OF JOHN EDWARDS, LONDON, 1731

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II SILVER CAKE BASKET
    MARK OF JOHN EDWARDS, LONDON, 1731
    Deep flaring oval, the foot chased with acanthus band below a foliate border pierced with animal heads, the everted sides pierced with diaperwork, the two raised scroll handles each set with a cast lion couchant regardant, the base border engraved with an Earl's armorials and a crest, and a later 18th century crest and monogram EMK, marked on base, now with removeable silver-plated liner
    13¾ in. (34.9 cm.) long; 90 oz. 10 dwt. (2,823 gr.)


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    The arms are those of Cecil impaling Chambers for Brownlow, 8th Earl of Exeter (1701-54) and his wife Hannah Sophia, who he married in 1724. Hannah Sophia was the daughter and co-heir of the prosperous merchant Thomas Chambers, and the marriage resolved the great debts left to the 8th Earl.

    The 8th Earl made a number of important purchases from London's most renowned silversmiths. In 1724, he finally completed the purchase of a silver wine cooler by Phillip Rollos, which had been ordered by his grandfather, the 5th Earl, but had not been delivered due to lack of payment. In 1728, the Earl purchased a wine cistern and fountain by Thomas Farren. In 1731, he ordered a pair of silver baskets, including the current lot. The matching basket remains at Burghley House.

    John Edwards served as subordinate goldsmith to the King from 1723-1742 and his mark can be found on a number of finely executed pieces, many with cast animal or marine creatures.

    Image caption: Brownlow, 8th Earl of Exeter (1701-1754), courtesy the Burghley House Preservation Trust

    Provenance

    Brownlow, 8th Earl of Exeter, by descent to William Alleyne, 3rd Marquess, sold Christie's, London, 7 June 1888, lot 16
    Walter M. Jeffords Collection, sold Sotheby's, New York, 26 October 2005, lot 303
    With Alastair Dickenson, London