• 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 113

    A GEORGE II SILVER TUMBLER CUP

    MARK OF JOHN SWIFT, LONDON, 1753

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    A GEORGE II SILVER TUMBLER CUP
    MARK OF JOHN SWIFT, LONDON, 1753
    Of typical form, engraved on the front with a coat-of-arms and inscription The Gift of the Honorable Robert Lee to the Company of Taylors, the reverse with further inscription, marked under base
    3 3/8 in. (8.2 cm.) diameter; 6 oz. (182 gr.)


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    The arms are those of Lee impaling Stonhouse for Robert Lee (1706-1776), youngest son of the 1st Earl of Lichfield. He married in 1745 Catherine, 2nd daughter of Sir John Stonhouse, Bt., of Radley. He represented the city of Oxford in Parliament, and the other individuals listed on this cup were Wardens of the Oxford Company of Taylors. (See T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum, Vol. I, 2009, pp. 118-120, for a discussion of a mug presented to the Oxford Company of Taylors by an honorary member.) Lee succeeded as 4th Earl of Lichfield upon the death of his nephew in 1772.

    Provenance

    J.P. Morgan Collection, by descent to John P. Morgan, sold Sotheby's, New York, 16 April 1936, lot 304
    Charles L. Poor Collection, sold Sotheby's, New York, 26 October 2005, lot 35
    With Alastair Dickenson, London


    Literature

    E. Alfred Jones, Illustrated Catalogue of the Collection of Plate of J. Pierpont Morgan, Esq., London, 1908, p. 34, pl. XXX no. 2