• 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 71

    A GEORGE III SILVER-GILT SIDEBOARD DISH

    MARK OF WILLIAM PITTS, LONDON, 1809

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    A GEORGE III SILVER-GILT SIDEBOARD DISH
    MARK OF WILLIAM PITTS, LONDON, 1809
    In the historicist Dutch floral style, scalloped circular with fluted broad rim, chased with varied flowers and centering a Tudor rose, engraved on reverse with a Royal Duke's badge, monogram IS beneath a Marquess's coronet, and a crest, marked on reverse
    15½ in. (39.4 cm.) diameter; 51 oz. (1590 gr.)


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    The crest is that of Canning. The Royal badge suggests that this dish could have been a Royal gift, and it is tempting to assume that the recipient was George Canning, Foreign Secretary and later Prime Minister. The coronet above the monogram IS is that of a Marquess, perhaps for John Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute (1883-1947), a collector of antique silver.

    A pair of William Pitts silver-gilt sideboard dishes of the same design, from 1809, sold Sotheby's, London, 7 June 1977, lot 71.

    Provenance

    Wooley & Wallis, Salisbury, 25 July 2007, lot 852
    With Alastair Dickenson, London