• 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 146

    A GEORGE II SILVER WAITER FROM THE WARRINGTON PLATE

    MARK OF EDWARD FELINE, LONDON, 1746

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II SILVER WAITER FROM THE WARRINGTON PLATE
    MARK OF EDWARD FELINE, LONDON, 1746
    Rectangular, on four ball-and-claw feet, the openwork border with grapevine, the center engraved with an Earl's armorials, marked on reverse, also with scratch weight 27 -7
    10¾ in. (27.3 cm.) long; 27 oz. (841 gr.)


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    The arms are those of Grey impaling Booth for Henry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford (1715-1768) and his wife Mary, daughter of George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington.

    The salver is one of a pair; the other is engraved with the arms of George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington (1675-1758), father-in-law of Henry Gray, 4th Earl of Stamford. The two sold as consecutive lots at Christie's London, 12 June 2007, lots 56-57, and together at Christie's London in 1921.

    The existence of pairs, or very similar items, engraved with the arms of the Earl of Warrington on one and the arms of his daughter and son-in-law on the other is not unique to the present example. Two salvers by James Schruder, 1741 (J. Lomax and J. Rothwell, Country House Silver from Dunham Massey, no. 37 and no. 69) are similarly engraved to the present lot and its pair.

    The Schruder salvers are each flat chased with rocaille, which is out of keeping with Warrington's usual preference for plain silver. This has led Lomax and Rothwell to suggest that the order may have come from the Earl and Countess of Stamford, with one kept for their use and one given to the Countess' father, (op. cit., p. 134) which was probably also the case with this lot.
    Caption:
    George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington and his Daughter, Lady Mary Booth, 1695, by Michael Dahl, at Dunham Massey National Trust Photographic Library, The Bridgeman Art Library

    Provenance

    Henry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford (1715-1768)
    by descent to Catherine, Lady Grey and Sir John Foley-Grey, sold Christie's, London, 20 April 1921, lot 100 (the pair)
    Christie's, London, 12 June 2007, lot 57
    With Alastair Dickenson, London