• 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 362

    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SILVER FOUR-LIGHT CANDLEABRA

    MARK OF BENJAMIN SMITH, LONDON, 1822 AND 1823

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SILVER FOUR-LIGHT CANDLEABRA
    MARK OF BENJAMIN SMITH, LONDON, 1822 AND 1823
    The domed bases each cast with robust foliage scrolls and flowers, with a similarly cast baluster stem, the detachable branches each with three reeded and foliage scroll arms terminating in a socket with detachable rocaille nozzle, with a further central socket, each socket engraved with two crests with a baron's coronet between, marked on base, on branches and each nozzle
    24 in. (61 cm.) high
    417 oz. (12,959 gr.)
    The crests are those of Wynn and Glynn for Thomas John, 2nd Baron Newborough. Born in 1802 Thomas succeeded to the title on his father's death in 1807 and was later M.P. for Carnarvonshire 1826-30, dying unmarried in 1832.

    He was the eldest surviving son of Sir Thomas Wynn, 1st Baron Newborough and Maria Stella Petronilla, daughter of Lorenzo Chiappini. In a pamphlet published in 1829, she claimed to be the legitimate eldest daughter of the Duke of Orleans, Philippe Égalité, stating that she was surreptitiously replaced by the King of France, Louis Philippe, in Florence, in 1773, whom her parents, anxious for a male heir, purchased from an innkeeper in that city, creating some sensation at the time in Paris. (2)


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    Provenance

    Thomas John, 2nd Baron Newborough (1802-1832) and then by descent to
    Robert, 7th Baron Newborough (1917-1998).
    The Newborough Plate; Sotheby's London, 27 February 1992, lot 150.


    Literature

    Sotheby's Art at Auction, The Art Market Review 1991-92, p. 230.