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    Sale 1896

    Important Silver And Objects Of Vertu

    26 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 132

    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SILVER SOUP TUREENS

    MARK OF BENJAMIN SMITH, LONDON, 1825

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SILVER SOUP TUREENS
    MARK OF BENJAMIN SMITH, LONDON, 1825
    Each circular, on four acanthus leaf-clad feet, the gadrooned rim and cover with conforming decoration, the handle cast as an Earl's coronet, side reed and tie leaf-clad handles, both sides of body engraved with an Earl's armorials, both sides of cover engraved with crest and coronet, the liners, Barak Mewburn, 1829, marked on base, liner, cover and removable handle
    14 in. (35.6 cm.) long over handle; 394 oz. 10 dwt. (12298 gr.)
    The arms are those of Montagu Bertie, 5th Earl of Abingdon (1784-1854) (2)


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    Montagu Bertie, 5th Earl of Abingdon, graduated from Oxford University with a degree of Doctor of Civil Laws. He held the office of High Steward of Abingdon in 1826 and Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire. He also served as a cup-bearer at the Coronation of King George IV.

    Bertie's first wife, Emily Gage, was the daughter of General Hon. Thomas Gage. General Gage served as colonial governor of Massachusetts, and his agressive actions against the colonists contributed to the American Revolution. In April 1775 Gage ordered British troops to Lexington and Concord, and after the Battle of Bunker Hill he was recalled to England.
    A set of twelve silver-gilt dinner plates with the arms of Montagu Bertie were offered at Sotheby's, New York, 21 October 1998, lot 235. A silver meat dish from the same service was sold Christie's, London, 19 November 2002, lot 212.

    Provenance

    Montagu Bertie, 5th Earl of Abingdon (1784-1854)