• 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 200

    A QUEEN ANNE SILVER CHOCOLATE POT

    MARK OF PIERRE HARACHE, LONDON, 1703

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    A QUEEN ANNE SILVER CHOCOLATE POT
    MARK OF PIERRE HARACHE, LONDON, 1703
    Baluster form on three hoof feet, with part-turned wood side handle and a beak-shaped spout, the detachable bayonet-mounted cover with hinged baluster finial, engraved with a coat-of-arms within a Baroque cartouche, marked on body and cover bezel
    7¾ in. (19.6 cm.) high; 21 oz. (667 gr.) gross weight


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    The arms are those of Baillie.

    Scottish-born Richard Baillie joined a group of Presbyterian exiles in the Netherlands following the execution of his father in 1684. Robert Baillie was found guilty of high treason for the Rye House plot and the family's estates at Jerviswood were confiscated. George Baillie returned to England in 1689 with the Prince of Orange's expedition, narrowly escaping shipwreck en route. In time, the Jerviswood estates were restored to Baillie and he served in the Scottish and later British parliaments, reluctantly supporting Scotland's union with England. Among other positions, he served as Lord of the Admiralty from 1714-1717.

    The Baillie collection of silver, exhibited at the Royal Museum of Scotland and published in Burlington Magazine in 1939, was characterized by the prevailing taste for plain forms of the early 18th century. The silver was produced by some of the best Huguenot craftsmen, including Pierre Harache, David Willaume and Paul de Lamerie. Other silver with Baillie's arms was supplied by Scottish silversmiths Thomas Ker, James Sympsone and Colin M'Kenzie.

    Caption: George Baillie, of Jerviswood (1664-1738), by William Aikman, 1717, Courtesy John George Baillie-Hamilton, 13th Earl of Haddington, Mellerstain House

    Provenance

    George Baillie (1664-1738) of Jerviswood and Mellerstain and by descent to his daughter and heir,
    Rachel (1696-1773) who married Charles, Lord Binning (1697-1732), eldest son of Thomas Hamilton, 6th Earl of Haddington (1680-1735), and his wife Helen (d.1768), sister of 1st Earl of Hopetoun
    George Hamilton, later Baillie of Jerviswood and Mellerstain (d.1797), their second son,
    George Baillie of Jerviswood and Mellerstain (1763-1841), son
    George Baillie-Hamilton, 10th Earl of Haddington (1802-1870), son, who succeeded his cousin to the Earldom and then by descent to
    The Rt. Hon. the Earl of Haddington, K.C., M.C., sold Sotheby's, London, 30 November 1967, lot 107
    Mr. Charles Engelhard, sold Christie's, London, 5 July 1972, lot 100
    With Thomas Lumley, London
    With Titus Kendall, London
    Lord Harris of Peckham, sold Christie's, London, 25 November 2008, lot 46
    With Alastair Dickenson, London


    Literature

    Michael Clayton, Christie's Pictorial History of English and American Silver, 1985, illus. p. 124, no. 1
    E. Alfred Jones, "The Binning Collection of Old English and Scottish Silver and Plate," Burlington Magazine, March 1939, p. 123, pl. 1


    Exhibited

    Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1939