• 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 80

    A PAIR OF REGENCY SILVER ENTREE DISHES FROM THE SUTTON SERVICE

    MARK OF PHILIP RUNDELL, LONDON, 1819

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF REGENCY SILVER ENTREE DISHES FROM THE SUTTON SERVICE
    MARK OF PHILIP RUNDELL, LONDON, 1819
    Each dish oval with cast foliate scroll and shell border, the domed cover with rosette border, cast and chased with foliate scrolls, shell, scalework, diaperwork, and floral garlands on a textured ground, with foliate scroll handle, the conforming two-handled stand on four foliate scroll and shell feet, applied with oak branches and acorns, both the cover and stand applied on each side with a coat-of-arms, with one tri-part divider engraved with a crest, marked on dishes, covers, handles, stands, applied coat-of-arms and divider
    The stands 17 in. (44.5 cm.) long; 458 oz. (14,250 gr.) (2)


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    The arms are those of Sutton, for Richard Sutton, 2nd baronet. He succeeded to the baronetcy and inherited his grandfather's extensive landholdings at age four in 1802. His ancestors had been landowners in Nottinghamshire since the 13th century, and by the 18th century the family had acquired further properties in Norfolk, Leicestershire, and London. These estates generated immense income for the young Sir Richard, who married immediately on attaining his majority in 1819. Befitting the marriage of one of the richest men in England, Rundell's supplied him with a vast dinner service, consisting of 3,000 ounces in silver objects, and 1,200 ounces in silver-gilt, all marked by Philip Rundell in 1819 and 1820. A pair of candelabra from the Sutton Service was sold Christie's, London, 5 July 2000, lot 4; most of the rest of the Sutton dinner service is illustrated in The Glory of the Goldsmith: Magnificent Gold and Silver from the Al-Tajir Collection, 1989, pp. 190-191.

    Sir Richard devoted his life to sport and music. His chief interest was hunting, and he had a liking for difficult horses. Although asked to stand for parliament a number of times, he disliked politics and steadfastly refused. His estates descended to his second son Richard, a keen yachtsman who challenged for the America's Cup in 1885.

    Caption:
    Portrait of Sir Richard Sutton, 2nd Bt. (1798-1855), by John Dalby, Christie's Images

    Provenance

    Richard Sutton (1798-1855), 2nd Bt., thence by descent
    The Property of the Trustees of the Late Sir R.V. Sutton, Bt., sold Christie's, London, 31 March 1976, lot 85 (part)
    His Excellency Mahdi Al-Tajir
    Christie's, London, 19 November 2002, lot 89
    With M.S. Rau, New Orleans


    Literature

    Christopher Hartop, Royal Goldsmiths: The Art of Rundell and Bridge, 1797-1843, 2005, illus. p. 153, no. 43
    J.B. Hawkins, The Al-Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold, 1983, vol. I, p. 144, (one of pair) illus. p. 145
    The Glory of the Goldsmith, Magnificent Gold and Silver from the Al-Tajir Collection, 1989, p. 190, illus. p. 191


    Exhibited

    Sydney Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1980, no. 26
    Christie's, London, The Glory of the Goldsmith, Magnificent Gold and Silver from the Al-Tajir Collection, 1989
    Koopman Rare Art, London, Royal Goldsmiths: The Art of Rundell and Bridge, 1797-1843, 2005, no. 43