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    Sale 1896

    Important Silver And Objects Of Vertu

    26 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 133

    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SILVER COVERED ENTREE DISHES

    MARK OF ROBERT GARRARD, LONDON, 1827

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SILVER COVERED ENTREE DISHES
    MARK OF ROBERT GARRARD, LONDON, 1827
    Each cushion-form with cusped corners and gadrooned moldings, the high domed covers surmounted by a heraldic finial, side engraved with an Earl's armorials, one dish and cover dated 1823, marked on each dish and cover
    11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm.) long, 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high; 156 oz. 10 dwt. (4880 gr.) (2)


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    The arms are those of John William (Ward), 1st Earl of Dudley (1781-1833). Educated at Oxford, he was one of the few Canningite Tories in Parliament that opposed the Reform Bill. In a fit of absence of mind it is known that he had, shortly before the battle of Navarino, directed a letter intended for the French ambassador instead to Prince Lieven, the ambassador from Russia; this incidence was considered by the latter to be "one of the cleverest ruses ever attempted to be played off." Caroline Princess of Wales complained of Dudley's eating like a hog, while Lady Charlotte Bury considered him an unpleasant companion at the table.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A SAN FRANCISCO COLLECTION