• 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 171

    A GEORGE II SILVER COFFEE POT

    MARK OF PAUL DE LAMERIE, LONDON, 1734

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    A GEORGE II SILVER COFFEE POT
    MARK OF PAUL DE LAMERIE, LONDON, 1734
    Tapering cylindrical, with tuck-in base and side spout, the spout surround and cover with engraving, the body engraved with a coat-of-arms with a rococo cartouche, with wood side handle, marked under base and cover bezel
    8 1/8 in. (20.8 cm.) high; 25 oz. 10 dwt. (801 gr.) gross weight


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    The arms are those of de Salis impaling those of Fane.

    Jerome, Count de Salis of Slogio (1709-1794), was naturalized as a British subject in 1730. His father, Peter de Salis, served as envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary of Emperor Joseph I of Germany at the court of Queen Anne, and was created a Count of the Holy Roman Empire in 1748. In January 1735, Jerome married Mary, the sister and heiress to Charles, Viscount Fane and Baron of Loughguyre. When Viscount Fane died without issue, the estates devolved on the de Salis family.

    This coffee pot, bearing the impaled arms of the two families, was evidently ordered on the occasion of the marriage in 1735 and forms part of a group of silver made for the de Salis family. Other Lamerie silver bearing these arms includes a pair of sauceboats, 1734, illustrated in The Glory of the Goldsmith: Magnificent Gold and Silver from the Al-Tajir Collection, 1989, p. 98, no. 69; a set of six table candlesticks, 1733/34 sold Christie's, London, 31 March 1998, lot 105 and a circular kettle with triangular tray, sold from the collection of the Count de Salis, Sotheby's, London, 6-20 February 1986, lot 175.


    Captions:
    Mary Fane, Countess de Salis (d. 1784)
    Jerome, 2nd Count de Salis (1709-1794)

    Provenance

    Jerome, Count de Salis of Slogio (1709-1794)
    L. Gilbert, Esq., sold Sotheby's, London, 6 February 1958, lot 174
    With S.J. Shrubsole, New York, October 1964
    The Collection of the late Eloise and Nelson Davis, Toronto, sold Christie's, New York, 11 April 2003, lot 330
    With M.S. Rau, New Orleans


    Literature

    Vanessa Brett, The Sotheby's Directory of Silver: 1600-1940, 1986, no. 705, pp. 174-75.