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    Sale 5922

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    24 February 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 137

    A GEORGE III SILVER TWO-HANDLED TRAY

    MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1816

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    A GEORGE III SILVER TWO-HANDLED TRAY
    MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1816
    The reverse stamped 865
    28 in. (71.2 cm.) long
    180 oz. (5580 gr.)
    The arms are those of Parker quartering Townley and impaling Brooke for Robert Townley-Parker (1793-1879) of Cuerden Hall, Preston and Astley, Lancashire, who married Harriet, daughter of Thomas Brooke of Church Minshall, Cheshire in 1816.


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    Robert Townley-Parker served as M.P. for Preston, Lancashire, 1837-1857, and was High Sheriff of the County in 1817. In 1816, he married Harriet, youngest daughter of Thomas Brooke of Minshall, Cheshire. Upon his death in 1879, the Illustrated London News described Townley-Parker as 'one of the chief proprietors among the landed gentry in the county of Lancaster'. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Thomas. On his death in 1906 the manors, land and chattels passed to his nephew Mr. Reginald Arthur Tatton of Chelford, in Cheshire.

    Cuerden Hall, Lancashire, descended from the Cuerdens and Banasters to the Townley-Parker family, and was remodeled by Robert Townley-Parker in 1816-1819. Together with its landscaped park, Cuerden Hall was a significant early contribution to the nineteenth-century Picturesque movement (J. M. Robinson, A Guide to the Country Houses of the North West, 1991, pp. 176 - 177).

    Other pieces from the extensive service of plate supplied to celebrate the marriage of Robert Townley-Parker and Harriet Brookes include a toasted cheese dish (M.A. Moss, The Lillian and Morrie Moss Collection of Paul Storr Silver, Miami, 1972, p. 262, no. 196) and a meat dish (Partridge, Christie's New York, 17 May 2006, lot 143), each with the same distinctive border.

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    Provenance

    Supplied to Robert Townley-Parker (1793-1879) and Harriet Brooke of Cuerden Hall, Preston and Astley, in 1816 on the occasion of their marriage and by descent to their eldest son
    Thomas Townley-Parker (d.1906) and by descent to his nephew
    Reginald Arthur Tatton and by descent to
    Captain T. A. Tatton, M.C.
    Captain T. A. Tatton, removed from Cuerdon Hall, Preston; Christie's London, 12 December 1928, lot 33 (£281 to Holmes).