• 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 124

    A GEORGE III SILVER EIGHT-BRANCH EPERGNE

    MARK OF LEWIS HERNE AND FRANCIS BUTTY, LONDON, 1762

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    A GEORGE III SILVER EIGHT-BRANCH EPERGNE
    MARK OF LEWIS HERNE AND FRANCIS BUTTY, LONDON, 1762
    The openwork frame on four openwork rococo feet, with cast apron of flowers and foliage and rococo motifs, centering a shaped pierced oval basket with rising handles, and supporting four upper branches suspending pierced circular baskets and four lower branches supporting four solid circular dishes, all the baskets engraved with a coat-of-arms within a rococo cartouche, marked on frame, central basket, branches, baskets and dishes, the neck apparently unmarked, the central basket with scratch weight 242"17
    28½ in. (72.3 cm.) wide; 242 oz. (7,536 gr.)


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    The arms are those of Durrant for Sir Thomas Durrant of Scottow, later 1st Bt. (d. 1790), who married Susannah (d. 1833), eldest daughter of Hambleton Custance in 1773. He was created baronet in 1784, the year in which he served as High Sheriff of Norfolk.

    Provenance

    Thomas Durrant (d.1790), later 1st Bt. and then by descent to his great grandson
    Sir Henry Josias Durrant, 4th Bt. (1838-1875) and then by descent to his third daughter
    Adela Constance Alexandrina (d.1962) who married James Edward Shaw (d.1911), of Welburn Hall, Kirbymoorside and Scottow Hall, Norfolk, and then by descent, sold Christie's, London, 12 June 2007, lot 65
    With Alastair Dickenson, London