• 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 167

    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE I SILVER SECOND-COURSE DISHES

    MARK OF PAUL DE LAMERIE, LONDON, 1725

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    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE I SILVER SECOND-COURSE DISHES
    MARK OF PAUL DE LAMERIE, LONDON, 1725
    Reshaped circa 1755, each shaped circular with gadrooned border, the rims engraved with a Baron's armorials, each marked on reverse, one also with maker's mark of Simon Le Sage, also with scratch weights 33-2, 34-10, 34-10 and 35-8
    11¾ in. (29.8 cm.) diameter; 134 oz. 10 dwt. (4,195 gr.) (4)


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    The arms are those of either the 1st, 2nd or 3rd Barons Edgcumbe of Mount Edgcumbe, Devon. Richard Edgcumbe (1680-1758) was created 1st Baron Edgcumbe in 1742. Before his elevation to the peerage, he served as M.P. for Cornwall, St. Germans, Plympton, and Lostwithiel. He was a favorite of King George II, supposedly because he was even shorter than the diminutive monarch. His eldest son, Richard, 2nd Baron Edgcumbe (1716-1761), held a variety of political positions, including Lord of Trade, Lord of the Admiralty, comptroller of the Royal household, and lord lieutenant of Cornwall. He was also an amateur poet and painter, and the childhood friend and first patron of Joshua Reynolds. A compulsive gambler, he had four children with a mistress but never married. He was succeeded by his younger brother George, 3rd Baron Edgcumbe (1721-1795), pursued a naval career and fought the French in the Seven Years' War, serving under Admiral Byng at Minorca and Admiral Hawke in the Battle of Quiberon Bay. He rose to the rank of Admiral, and was created Viscount Mount Edgcumbe and Valletort in 1781, and 1st Earl of Mount Edgcumbe in 1789.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, 15 December 1988, lot 179