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    Sale 2004

    Important English, Continental and American Silver

    22 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 144

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER MEAT DISHES

    MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1809

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER MEAT DISHES
    MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1809
    Shaped oval, gadrooned border with acanthus leaves and bosses at intervals, engraved with armorials and a garter motto, each marked on reverse
    17½ in. (44.5 cm.) long; 130 oz. (4064 gr.) (2)


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    The arms are those of Ouseley impaling those of Whitelock, for Sir George Gore Ouseley, 1st baronet (1770-1844) and his wife Harriet Georgina Whitelock

    Sir Gore Ouseley was a reputed diplomat, linguist and oriental scholar of the early 19th century. He served in several ambassadorial positions in his travels through India, Bengal and Persia. In 1796, he was made major-commandant of the court in Lucknow, India, where his involvement was seen as a milestone of British influence.

    Ouseley was made 1st baronet in 1808 and later Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Qajar court. In that post, he helped to establish British influence in Persia by facilitating the Anglo-Iranian Treaty in March 1812. He was transferred to Russia in 1814, where he was presented with the Grand Cordon of the Russian order in St. Alexander Newski, in the same year.

    Upon his return to England in 1815, he pursued his interest in Persian studies, founding the Royal Asiatic Society of London in 1823 and as president of the Society for the Publication of Oriental Texts from 1842. He made his own scholarly contribution to the field with his Biographical Notices of Persian Poets, written in 1846. (See Peter Avery & Eir, www.iranica.com)

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Leona M. Helmsley