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    Sale 7686

    Highly Important Silver from the Collection of Lord Harris of Peckham

    25 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 13

    A VICTORIAN SILVER-GILT TRAY

    MARK OF JOHN SAMUEL HUNT, LONDON, 1847

    Price Realised  

    A VICTORIAN SILVER-GILT TRAY
    MARK OF JOHN SAMUEL HUNT, LONDON, 1847
    Shaped oval and on four bun feet, with shaped waved rocaille border, finely engraved with a coat-of-arms within the garter motto and below a duke's coronet, all on a drapery mantling surround, marked on the back, the back further stamped 'HUNT & ROSKELL LATE STORR, MORTIMER & HUNT' and with pattern number '2418'
    34 in. (86.3 cm.) wide
    186 oz. (5,789 gr.)
    The arms are those of Hamilton quartering Arran and Douglas, for Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton and Brandon (1767-1852).


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    A vignette of The Duke of Hamilton is provided by Lord Lamington in his The Days of the Dandies, London, 1890; 'never was such a magnifico as the 10th Duke, the Ambassador to the Empress Catherine; when I knew him he was very old, but held himself straight as any grenadier. He was always dressed in a military laced undress coat, tights and Hessian boots, &c'. Lady Stafford in letters to her son mentioned 'his great Coat, long Queue, and Fingers cover'd with gold Rings', and his foreign appearance. (The Complete Peerage, 1916, vol. VI, p. 274.)

    He had been educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford and subesquently travelled extensively on the Continent, most productively in Italy were he acquired a great love of the arts. His political career started in the House of Commons with Hamilton serving as M.P. for Lancaster from 1802 until 1806 when he was sent as ambassador to the court in St. Petersburg. He remained there until 1808 due to his infatuation with Countess Potocka. However, he instead eventually returned to England and married his cousin Susan Euphemia Beckford, (1786-1859) daughter of the celebrated collector William Beckford, in 1810

    He succeeded his father in 1819, and he improved the family estates and greatly added to the art collections. The collection filled the vast family seat Hamilton Palace in Lanarkshire. His facination with Egypt manifested itself at his burial when he was buried in "oriental" style having been embalmed in Ancient Egyptian manner.

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    Provenance

    Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton and Brandon (1767-1852) by descent to
    Grace the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon; Sotheby's London, 14 July 1988, lot 137.
    with S. J. Phillips, London.
    with Kenneth Davis, London.
    with Hancocks, London.


    Pre-Lot Text

    HIGHLY IMPORTANT SILVER FROM THE COLLECTION OF LORD HARRIS OF PECKHAM