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    Sale 7441

    Important Silver

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 557

    A SET OF EIGHT GEORGE II SILVER SECOND COURSE-DISHES FROM THE HARCOURT SERVICE

    MARK OF JOHN EDWARDS, LONDON, 1735

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    A SET OF EIGHT GEORGE II SILVER SECOND COURSE-DISHES FROM THE HARCOURT SERVICE
    MARK OF JOHN EDWARDS, LONDON, 1735
    Each shaped circular with reeded and foliage border, engraved with a coat-of-arms with earl's coronet above, each marked on reverse, also engraved with number and scratchweight 'No. 9 30=5'; 'No. 10 30=19'; 'No. 11 30=14'; 'No. 12 32=7'; 'No. 13 36=14'; 'No. 14 33=6'; 'No. 15 38=8' and 'No. 16 33=7'
    11¾ in. (29.9 cm.) diam.
    228 oz. (7,090 gr.)
    The arms are those of Harcourt, for Simon, 1st Earl Harcourt (1714-1777). (8)


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    Provenance

    Simon, 1st Earl of Harcourt (1714-1777) and then by descent to
    The Harcourt Collection; Sotheby's London, 10 June 1993, lot 86 and 87


    Pre-Lot Text

    Simon Harcourt, 1st Earl Harcourt

    Simon Harcourt, 1st Earl Harcourt (1714-1777) was the only son of the Hon. Simon Harcourt (d. 1720), barrister and MP, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Evelyn of Wotton, Surrey. Educated at Westminster School, Harcourt embarked, with a tutor, on a four year grand tour, before returning to England in 1734.

    On the death of his grandfather Simon, Viscount Harcourt, in 1727, he succeeded to the family titles and estates, marrying, in October 1735 Rebecca (d. 1765), only daughter and heir of Charles Sambourne Le Bas, of Pipewell Abbey, Northamptonshire, and Mary Moyer. Rebecca brought a dowry of £60,000 to the marriage, and they had four children.

    Harcourt served many political roles, first in 1735 as a lord of the bedchamber to George II before being created, on 1 December 1749, Viscount Nuneham of Nuneham Courtenay and Earl Harcourt of Stanton Harcourt. Later Harcourt was appointed governor to the Prince of Wales, the future George III. He also served as ambassador to Mecklenburg, master of the horse for Princess Charlotte, and, in 1763, Lord Chamberlain to the Queen.

    In June 1772 he became Irish viceroy, replacing Lord Townshend. Harcourt largely succeeded in pacifying Ireland, for the most part by making judicious concessions. Despite patriot opposition, Harcourt was able to secure Irish parliamentary support for the American War of Independence, and he gained permission to send 4,000 troops for service abroad. After his sojourn in Ireland he retired to Nuneham.