• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 276

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER-GILT DRESSING-TABLE DISHES FROM THE HEATHCOTE MOYER DRESSING-TABLE SERVICE

    MARK OF JOHN PARKER AND EDWARD WAKELIN, LONDON, 1766

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER-GILT DRESSING-TABLE DISHES FROM THE HEATHCOTE MOYER DRESSING-TABLE SERVICE
    MARK OF JOHN PARKER AND EDWARD WAKELIN, LONDON, 1766
    Each elongated octagonal with gadrooned rim and pierced sides, each applied with two scroll handles, engraved with a coat-of-arms, marked underneath
    9 in. (22.8 cm.) wide
    20 oz. (637 gr.)
    The arms are those of Heathcote quartering another, probably Rayner, with Moyer in pretence, for John Heathcote (d.1795) of Conington Castle, and his wife Lydia (d.1822), daughter and heir of Benjamin Moyer (d.1759), whom he married in 1764. (2)


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    John Heathcote commissioned the toilet service shortly after his marriage to Lydia Moyer. It was on a sumptuous scale weighing 430 ounces and gilded at a cost of over £56.

    The invoice the service is recorded in the Gentleman's Ledger

    Folio 154 John Heathcote Esq.
    Feb 28 1767
    To a pr Nurle'd hand waiters with fluted bouget 10 oz. 13 dwt. 7/8 gr. £7 10s 9d
    To graving 2 coats 7s
    To 4 oval pierced salts 12 oz. 3 dwt. 5/8 gr. £3 9s
    To making 15 each, Grav'g crests 2 Glasses 8 £13 10s
    To 4 shell salt spoons with twisted handles 1 oz. 6 dwt. 13s 6d
    Aprl 18
    To a looking glass frame 53 oz. 6 dwt.
    To a Jewells trunk 8 boxes 2 essence pots and a pair of figure candlesticks 277 oz. 3 dwt.
    430 oz. 9 dwt. 9/8 gr. £208 1s
    To 2 fine octagonal pierced trays 20oz. 14 dwt. 5/8 gr. £5 17s 4d To making @ £3 10s each £7
    To gilding the whole wt 451 oz. 3 dwt. @ 2/6 per oz. £56 7s 9d
    To graving 17 coats £6 7s
    To cash pd for fashion of the lock and key of ye Jewells Trunk £1 1s
    To Do for a looking glass and a mahogany back &c £2 10s
    To a red morocco leather case with a drawer & 2 cushions £6 6s
    To 2 blew glass lining and Gilding 2 philligree Cups £1 9s
    £310 9s 4d
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    A pair of dressing table jars from the service were sold Christie's, New York, 26 October 2007, lot 272.

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    Provenance

    Supplied by John Parker and Edward Wakelin in 1767 to
    John Heathcote (d.1795) of Conington Castle, co. Huntingdon.
    Commander G. E. P. and Mrs. How.
    The How Collection; Woolley and Wallis, Salisbury, 30 October 2007, lot 386.


    Literature

    John Parker and Edward Wakelin, Gentleman's Ledger No. 3, folio 154