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    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 275

    AN IMPORTANT GEORGE IV SILVER-GILT TRAY

    MARK OF PHILIP RUNDELL, LONDON, 1823, ENGRAVING ATTRIBUTED TO WALTER JACKSON

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    AN IMPORTANT GEORGE IV SILVER-GILT TRAY
    MARK OF PHILIP RUNDELL, LONDON, 1823, ENGRAVING ATTRIBUTED TO WALTER JACKSON
    Shaped oblong and on eight paired lion's paw feet, with gadrooned border and two oak-branch, oak-leaf and acorn handles, the centre finely engraved with a coat-of-arms below duke's coronet, within a border of ribbon-tied husk and rosette swags hung from oval paterae and with panels of matting, marked on reverse
    31½ in. (80 cm.) long
    247 oz. (7,682 gr.)
    The arms are those of Lucy quartering Percy, for Hugh, 3rd Duke of Northumberland K.G. (1795-1847).


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    Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland (1785-1847), the eldest son of Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland and his second wife Frances Julia Burrell (d.1820) was born 20 April 1785. Educated at Eton College and St John's College, Cambridge where he obtained an M.A. and an L.L.D. in 1809. He began a political careen in 1806 when he was returned as member of Parliament for Buckingham, going on to serve the same role for Westminster, the county of Northumberland and Launceston. Though he rarely spoke in Parliament he did move for an amendment to the Slave Trade Abolition act which would have emancipated every black child born after 1 January 1810.

    In April 1817 he married Lady Charlotte Florentia (d. 1866), second daughter of Edward Clive, 1st Earl of Powis. The service was held at the Percy's London home Northumberland House.

    The marriage seems to have been a success, with the Duke being described by Greville as 'a very good sort of man, with a very narrow understanding, an eternal talker, and a prodigious bore. The Duchess is a more sensible woman, and amiable and good humoured. He is supposed to be ruled in all things by her advice.' (Greville Memoirs, 1.164).

    The Duke was known for his love of extravagance, shown by his orders from Rundell, Bridge and Rundell who supplied large quantities of silver and silver-gilt from 1822 to 1831, including the present tray, one of a pair, and another smaller pair. Many of these commissions are recorded in the Percy Letters in the Duke of Northumberland's archives. Rundell's additionally gilded and repaired pieces in the Duke's existing collection, and provided insurance for the transport of the Duke's plate to France when he traveled there in 1825 as Special Ambassador at the coronation of Charles X. Indeed the Duke's probate inventory, prepared after his death in 1847, show that at Northumberland House alone there were twenty-nine chests.

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    Provenance

    Supplied to Hugh, 3rd Duke of Northumberland K.G. (1795-1847) and then by descent to
    Hugh, 10th Duke of Northumberland K.G. (1914-1988).
    His Grace the Duke of Northumberland K.G., G.C.V.O., T.D., P.C.; Sotheby's London, 3 May 1984, lot 113.
    A Gentleman; Christie's London, 23 November 1999, lot 180.


    Literature

    V. Brett, Sotheby's Directory of Silver 1600-1940, London, 1986, p. 257, no. 1,162.