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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 520

    A GEORGE III BLUE JOHN SOLID URN OF EXCEPTIONAL PROPORTIONS

    CIRCA 1780

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    A GEORGE III BLUE JOHN SOLID URN OF EXCEPTIONAL PROPORTIONS
    CIRCA 1780
    The domed lid with a plain knob above a ring-turned spreading neck, the body of tapering ovoid form on a black Ashbourne marble waisted spreading socle and square plinth base, the socle almost certainly original as a Blue John socle would not have supported the weight of the body, the finial repaired
    20¾ in. (53 cm.) high


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    This magnificent Blue John vase is of exceptional colouration and scale. The considerable weight of the body strongly supports the theory that the black Ashbourne marble socle is original - as a Blue John socle would not withstand the pressure of the weight of this vase. A related Blue John vase, although of much smaller scale (13½ in. high) was commissioned by Sir William FitzHerbert's near neighbour Sir Nathaniel Curzon, 5th Bt. (1726-1804), later 1st Baron Scarsdale, for Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire (sold by The Kedleston Estate Trustees in these Rooms, 4 July 2002, lot 121).

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    Provenance

    Almost certainly supplied to Sir William FitzHerbert, 1st Bt. (1748-1791) for Tissington Hall, Derbyshire.