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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 178

    A GEORGE IV SILVER DISH COVER, STAND AND LINER

    MARK OF EDWARD FARRELL, LONDON, 1822, 1825 AND 1826

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    A GEORGE IV SILVER DISH COVER, STAND AND LINER
    MARK OF EDWARD FARRELL, LONDON, 1822, 1825 AND 1826
    The cover domed oblong, chased with a profusion of vegetables including carrots, radishes, cabbage and pea-pods, all on textured ground and below finial cast as further vegetables, the stand quilted and with two fruit and foliage handles, the plain liner engraved with a coat-of-arms below earl's coronet, marked under stand, inside liner, on top of cover and on finial, with a later plated burner
    14 in. (36 cm.) wide
    141 oz. (4,372 gr.)
    The arms are those of Wyndham for George O'Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont (1751-1837).


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    While the absence of the Royal arms on the present lot would make it impossible to be certain, it would seem most likely that the cover, finial and stand from the present lot formed part of the massive 'Vegetable Service' made by Edward Farrell, mostly in 1823, and supplied to Fredrick, Duke of York by Kensington Lewis.

    The holloware from the 'Vegetable Service', as sold in the Duke of York sale at Christie's in 1827, weighed just under 3,200 oz. and included four soup-tureens (for two see Christie's New York, 16 October 1985, lot 199 and 200); eight circular tureens, covers and stands (for three see Christie's New York, 27 October 1992, lot 231); eight 'corner' dishes with covers and warmers (presumably including the present example and another, differently numbered and sold Sotheby's New York, 18 April 2002, lot 93) and eight sauce tureens and covers (for one see Christie's New York, 21 April 1998, lot 164).

    The sale was held in an attempt to settle the massive debt, estimated between £200,000 and £500,000, which was discovered following the Duke's death. The sale, held over four days and which included the famous Achilles shield and the Hercules candelabrum, was generally considered not to have been a success, only reaching £23,438 with many items selling for much less then the inflated prices charged by Kensington Lewis during the 1820s. Lewis was in fact one of the biggest buyers in the sale and indeed bought back many of the lots from the 'Vegetable Service' and presumably then sold them on to new clients.

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    Provenance

    Most likely part of the massive 'Vegetable Service' supplied to Fredrick, Duke of York (1763-1827) by Kensington Lewis.
    H.R.H. Fredrick, Duke of York; Christie's London, 19 March 1827, lot 37 (£205 to Lewis).
    Presumably supplied by him to George O'Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont (1751-1837).
    The Late Rt. Hon. George, Last Earl of Egremont; Christie's London, 19 July 1892, lot 46, part (£140 to Falke) or lot 47, part (£127 to Lyon).