• 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 199

    A QUEEN ANNE SILVER CUP AND COVER

    MARK OF DAVID WILLAUME, LONDON, 1712

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    A QUEEN ANNE SILVER CUP AND COVER
    MARK OF DAVID WILLAUME, LONDON, 1712
    Of large size; vase form on boldly gadrooned circular foot, the lower body applied with strapwork with Regence decoration and with an applied mid-band, with two large scroll handles, the cover applied with similar strapwork and with a gadrooned knop finial, the body engraved with a coat-of-arms within baroque mantling, the cover engraved with a crest, marked on cover and cover bezel, also engraved No. 1 on base
    16¼ in. (41.2 cm.) high; 170 oz. 10 dwt. (5,308 gr.) (2)


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    The arms are those of Watson impaling Proby for Thomas Watson Wentworth (1665-1723), third son of Edward, 2nd Duke of Rockingham and his wife Alice, only daughter of Sir Thomas Proby, baronet, of Elton, Huntingdon. In 1695, Thomas Watson succeeded to the estates of his uncle, William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Strafford, and assumed the additional surname of Wentworth. He served as M.P. for Higham Ferrars and Malton; his grandson, Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, served two terms as Prime Minister of Great Britain.

    Caption: Design for the Monument to Thomas Watson Wentworth in York Minster, by William Kent, engraved by George Vertue, 1736. (c) The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

    Provenance

    The Rt. Hon. Earl Fitzwilliam, D.F.C., sold Christie's, London, 9 June 1948, lot 139
    Mrs. Fay Plohn, sold Sotheby's, London, 16 July 1970, lot 40
    Sotheby's, New York, 24 October 1998, lot 1216
    With Alastair Dickenson, London


    Literature

    Vanessa Brett, The Sotheby's Directory of Silver, 1600-1940, 1986, illus. p. 22, no. 641
    Queen Charlotte's Loan Exhibition of Old Silver, 1929, no. 450


    Exhibited

    Queen Charlotte's Loan Exhibition, Seaford House, 1929, no. 450