• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

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    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 87

    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III SILVER SAUCE TUREENS FROM THE HOWE SERVICE

    MARK OF DIGBY SCOTT & BENJAMIN SMITH, LONDON, 1805, AFTER A DESIGN BY J.J. BOILEAU

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    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III SILVER SAUCE TUREENS FROM THE HOWE SERVICE
    MARK OF DIGBY SCOTT & BENJAMIN SMITH, LONDON, 1805, AFTER A DESIGN BY J.J. BOILEAU
    Each oval on pedestal foot with leaf borders, the body applied with trophies of arts and sciences between beaded borders, the handles formed as classical masks entwined with serpents, the cover applied with trailing vines with foliate handle, the body engraved with a coat-of-arms within applied mantling, the covers engraved with an Earl's coronet and two crests; each marked on base and cover bezel, the handles with mark of Paul Storr
    8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm.) long; 138 oz. 10 dwt. (4325 gr.) (4)


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    The arms are those of Curzon quartering Assheton, Howe and others for Richard William Penn (1796-1870), who succeeded to the Viscountcy of Curzon on his grandfather's death in 1820. In that same year he married Harriet Georgiana (1799-1836), daughter of Robert, 6th Earl of Cardigan.

    He was created Earl Howe in 1821 and soon obtained various Royal appointments. He was made a Lord of the Bedchamber 1829-30, then Lord Chamberlain to Queen Adelaide as Queen Consort 1830-31 and again in 1834-37, and later held the same position to the Queen when she became Queen Dowager. His favour at court was held by some to be based upon an over-familiar intimacy with the Queen, and rumours of scandal dogged his attendance upon her. In 1845, he married secondly Anne (1817-1877), daughter of Admiral Sir John Gore. She had been Maid of Honour to Adelaide, Queen Consort.


    These sauceboats form part of an extensive dinner service produced by the workshops of Paul Storr and Scott & Smith, 1804-1806. Weighing more than 4,500 ounces, the service comprised 84 dinner plates, 24 dessert plates, 15 meat dishes and 20 entree dishes in various sizes. Further silver from the collection of Earl Howe sold again at Christie's, London on 1 July 1953.


    Caption:
    Richard William Penn Curzon, 1st Earl Howe, by Richard Austin Artlett, after George Raphael Ward, published 1838
    (c) National Portrait Gallery, London

    Provenance

    Property of the Rt. Hon. Earl Howe, P.C., C.B.E., removed from Penn House, Buckinghamshire, sold Christie's, London, 6 December 1933
    His Excellency Mahdi Al-Tajir
    Christie's, New York, 19 April 2002, lot 367
    With M.S. Rau, New Orleans


    Literature

    The Glory of the Goldsmith: The Al-Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold, 1989, no. 120, p. 158


    Exhibited

    Christie's, London, The Glory of the Goldsmith: Magnificent Gold and Silver from the Al-Tajir Collection, 1989, no. 120