• 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 95

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER DOUBLE-LIPPED SAUCE BOATS

    MARK OF JOHN PARKER AND EDWARD WAKELIN, LONDON, 1767

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER DOUBLE-LIPPED SAUCE BOATS
    MARK OF JOHN PARKER AND EDWARD WAKELIN, LONDON, 1767
    Each oval, with double-bellied body on shaped oval gadrooned foot, the rim of both with gadrooning and with rising openwork handles, each engraved with a crest and Baron's coronet, each marked under base, also with scratch weights 16=16 and 16=13
    8¼ in. (20.9 cm.) long; 31 oz. 10 dwt. (989 gr.) (2)


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    The crest is that of Howe, probably for Richard, 4th Viscount Howe (1725-1799), one of England's greatest naval heroes. His notable victories included a brilliant campaign off the American coast during the War of Independence, and he regarded as his greatest achievement the relief of the fortress of Gibraltar in 1782, sailing with thirty-four ships in line, without a loss. In 1794, he was made Admiral of the Fleet for his defeat of twenty-seven French ships against his smaller force. In all, Howe's naval career spanned 59 years, and he was a popular figure among sailors, who dubbed him "Black Dick" for his dark complexion, and admired his steady, cool and phlegmatic courage.

    The present lot is recorded in Parker & Wakelin's Gentleman's Ledger on 6 October 1767: The Rt. Honble. Lord How commissioned Double Lip'd Sauceboats, weighing 68 oz. at a cost of £29 9s 4d; 4 Shell Sauce Spoons at a cost of £2 1s, and with a cost to making of 1s 4 d.

    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 27 October 1992, lot 343
    Sotheby's, New York, 26 April 2008, lot 296
    With Alastair Dickenson, London