• 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 165

    A GEORGE II SILVER PLATE

    MARK OF PAUL DE LAMERIE, LONDON, 1737

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II SILVER PLATE
    MARK OF PAUL DE LAMERIE, LONDON, 1737
    Plain circular, engraved with a coat-of-arms and an Earl's coronet, marked on reverse, also marked No. 4 29=4
    11 in. (28 cm.) diameter; 26 oz. 10 dwt. (832 gr.)


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    The arms are those of Mildmay quartering Fitzwalter with Schomberg on an escutcheon of pretence, for Benjamin Mildmay, 19th Baron Fitzwalter (1672-1756), created Earl Fitzwalter in 1735. Mildmay's marriage at age 51 to Frederica, eldest daughter of Meinhardt, Duke of Schomberg, prompted Lady Mary Wortley Montagu to write to her sister that the bride-to-be was "sunk in all the Joys of happy Love notwithstanding she wants the use of her 2 hands by a Rheumatism, and he has an arm that he can't move. I wish I could send you the particulars of this Amour, which seems to me as curious as that between 2 oysters, and as well worth the serious Enquiry of the Naturalists" (B. Wees, English, Scottish & Irish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1997, p. 153.)

    This plate is listed in the 1739 inventory of Lord Fitzwalter's plate, which survives and is illustrated in C. Hartop, Geometry and the Silversmith: The Domcha Collection, 2008, p. 87. For a list of auction appearances of other plates from this service, see B. Wees (op cit., p. 153).

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