• 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 70

    A GEORGE IV SILVER-GILT CASKET

    MARK OF WILLIAM ELLIOTT, LONDON, 1820

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    A GEORGE IV SILVER-GILT CASKET
    MARK OF WILLIAM ELLIOTT, LONDON, 1820
    Rectangular, the side panels with putti amidst foliage, the hinged cover set with a 17th century repoussé plaque after an engraving, engraved under base with an inscription, marked under base and cover and interior cover
    11¼ in. (28.6 cm.) long; 88 oz. (2,750 gr.)


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    This plaque is based on an engraving by Paul Pontius after Anthony Van Dyck's painting of the Blessed Hermann Joseph kneeling before an apparition of the Virgin Mary, 1630, now in the Künsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

    Charles II style toilet services and silver-gilt caskets enjoyed a renaissance in the 1820s. Possibly inspired by the famous Calverley Service of 1683 (now in the Victoria and Albert Museum), they are set with antique plaques depicting stories from classical mythology or religious scenes, as on the present example.

    A similar William Elliott casket with inscription dated 3 April 1821 is illustrated in Vanessa Brett, The Sotheby's Directory of Silver, 1600-1940, no. 1252, pp. 272-73. Other related 19th century caskets and boxes include those sold at Christie's, London, 26 November 1975, lots 170-171, Christie's, New York, 29 April 1987, lot 271, and Sotheby's, London, 20 June 1974, lot 125.

    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 17 October 1996, lot 249
    Partridge & Sons, sold Christie's, New York, 17 May 2006, lot 98
    With Alastair Dickenson, London