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    Sale 7628

    Important Silver Including a Collection of Viennese Silver-Gilt Mounted Hardstone Works of Art

    25 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 203

    A GEORGE III NINE-BRANCH CENTREPIECE-EPERGNE

    MARK OF ANDREW FOGELBERG, LONDON, 1771, THE CANDLE-ARMS MARK OF EDWARD, EDWARD, JOHN AND WILLIAM BARNARD, LONDON, 1838

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    A GEORGE III NINE-BRANCH CENTREPIECE-EPERGNE
    MARK OF ANDREW FOGELBERG, LONDON, 1771, THE CANDLE-ARMS MARK OF EDWARD, EDWARD, JOHN AND WILLIAM BARNARD, LONDON, 1838
    The tripod stand with three reeded tapering pedestals each on sphinx foot and terminating in beaded partly-fluted openwork urn, each with a detachable later scroll branch with urn shaped socket and detachable nozzle, with six further branches, each terminating in circular beaded bowl, with a central bowl on three acanthus leaf branches and shaped-triangular base cast and chased with infant Bacchus masks hung with berried husk swags, the bowl engraved with a coat-of-arms, the smaller bowls and feet each engraved with a crest, marked on top, on bowl, and on each branch
    18½ in. (46.5 cm.) high
    326 oz. (10,138 gr.)
    The arms are those of King with Troye in pretence for Thomas, 5th Baron King (1712-1779) and his wife Wilhelmina Catherine, daughter of John Troye, one of the Judges of the Sovereign Court of Brabant, whom he married in 1734.


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    Andrew Fogelberg

    Andrew Fogelberg is chiefly remembered for the fine quality of his work in the high neo-classical style of the late 18th century. He is also noted as having been master to perhaps the most well known early 19th century silversmith Paul Storr. Little is known of his life before he came to London. However, N. M. Penzer in Paul Storr, The Last of the Goldsmiths, London, 1954, p. 51, notes that,

    'There was... a boy by the name of Anders or Andreas (i.e. Eng. Andrew) Fogelberg born about 1732. He entered the service as an apprentice for six years with Berent (Berndt or Bernhard) Halck, a goldsmith of Halmsat about Christmas time 1746. In 1752 he became a journeyman, after which his subsequent fortunes are unrecorded.'

    Penzer also notes that it is probably Fogelberg came to London in the 1760s. It is possible Fogelberg was the son of Petter Vogelberg (d.1744) a silversmith working in Götenberg in the 1720s and 30s. Interestingly the father of the 18th century London goldsmith John Wirgman is thought to have been Abraham Wirgman who also worked in Götenberg in the earlier part of the 18th century.

    In his will, proved on 8 February 1815, Andrew Fogelberg leaves his sister Christina Bergstrom of Laholm in Sweden fifty pounds and one hundred pounds to his nephew Bengt Bergstrom, also of Laholm, whom he describes as Silversmith. Therefore there can be little doubt of his ancestry being Scandinavian. He leaves his house and the residue of his estate to his wife Susanna. Fogelberg had married Susanna Walker at St. Ann's Church Soho in 1793, however, an examination of 18th century marriage records also list an Andrew Fogelberg marrying Elizabeth Herbet on 21 October 1766 at the same church. She was almost certainly the widow of the Huguenot silversmith Henry Hebert, who worked at the sign of the Golden Hart, on Dean Street, Soho, and who died in 1764 leaving one shilling to his sister and all the remaining estate to his widow Elizabeth. One possible supposition is that Fogelberg was Hebert's journeyman and that he married his former employer's widow and was thus in a position to register as a silversmith in his own right. His earliest recorded mark dates from 1773, however it is possible an earlier mark was entered in the lost register, which pre-dated the parliamentary report of 1773.

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    Provenance

    Thomas, 5th Baron King (1712-1779) and then by descent to his great-grandson
    William, 8th Baron King and 1st Earl of Lovelace (1805-1893) and then by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE EARL OF LOVELACE
    (LOTS 202-203)