• 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 164

    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE II SILVER SALT CELLARS

    MARK OF PAUL DE LAMERIE, LONDON, 1733

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    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE II SILVER SALT CELLARS
    MARK OF PAUL DE LAMERIE, LONDON, 1733
    Each circular, on paw feet with lion's-mask joins and garlands between, with flaring gadrooned rim, the interior gilt, each base engraved with a crest and Earl's coronet, marked on bases
    4 in. (10.1 cm.) diameter; 41 oz. (1,284 gr.) (4)


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    The crest is that of Gower for Glanville Leveson Gower (1694-1754), who represented Newcastle-under-Tyne in Staffordshire, and later served as as Lord Privy-Seal and Lord Justice. During the Jacobite Rebellion he raised a regiment loyal to the King and for his service was created Viscount Trentham and Earl Gower in 1746.

    Leveson Gower was married secondly to Penelope, daughter of Sir John Stonehouse, 7th Bt., in 1733, the same year that these salt cellars were produced. In 1736 he married thirdly Mary, daughter and co-heir of the 6th Earl of Thanet.

    The Earls Gower and Thanet were both important de Lamerie patrons.

    Provenance

    Christie's, London, 25 November 1992, lot 81