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    Sale 2259

    Important Objects of Vertu, English, Continental and American Silver

    22 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 162

    AN IMPORTANT GEORGE III SILVER SOUP TUREEN AND STAND FROM THE HAMILTON SERVICE

    MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1806

    Price Realised  

    AN IMPORTANT GEORGE III SILVER SOUP TUREEN AND STAND FROM THE HAMILTON SERVICE
    MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1806
    Oval, on four shell feet, the gadrooned border with shells and acanthus, with lion's-mask handles, the cover with shell and scroll handle, the oval stand with scrolling acanthus leaves at each end, set on four lion-form feet, with fitted silver liner, 1810, the tureen engraved on one side with Royal armorials and on the other with a Duke's armorials, the cover engraved on one side with the Royal Badge and on the other with a crest and Duke's coronet, the liner engraved with the same crest and coronet, the stand and liner also engraved with a later monogram MHF, marked under each foot and under rim of stand, on tureen, cover bezel, finial and liner
    17 3/8 in. (44.2 cm.) long; 250 oz. (7782 gr.) (2)


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    The arms are those of Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton (1767-1852)

    The 10th Duke of Hamilton was appointed Ambassador to the Court of St. Petersburg in 1806, and this tureen was part of the magnificent service commissioned for that important diplomatic post. Ambassadorial silver, while issued by the Crown and engraved with Royal armorials, was customarily awarded to the diplomat at his retirement as a perquisite of office. One of Storr's greatest dinner services, the Hamilton Service comprised 278 pieces and weighed a total of 9,513 oz. Christie's dispersed the entire service belonging to the Late Duke of Hamilton in 1919. In addition to the superb quality of this tureen, the scroll handle design is one the distinguishing features of the Hamilton Service. A pair of triangular vegetable dishes from the service, also with scroll handles, sold Christie's, New York, December 16, 2005, lot 75.

    Of the 10th Duke, Lord Lamington wrote in Days of Dandies, "Never was such a magnifico, The Ambassador to the Empress Catherine; when I knew him he was very old but held himself straight as an Grenadier. He was always dressed in a military laced undress coat, tights and Hessian boots & c." Lady Stafford mentions "his great coat, his long Queue and Fingers cover'd with gold Rings." In 1810 he married Susan Euphemia, daughter and heir of renowned collector, William Beckford. He served later as Lord High Steward at the coronations of William IV and Queen Victoria.

    Caption:

    Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, by Willes Madox, 1852
    National Trust for Scotland. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk

    Provenance

    Christie's, London, 4 November 1919, lot 31 (part)


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE MR. AND MRS. GORDON T. SOUTHAM, VANCOUVER, CANADA