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    Sale 7597

    Important Silver

    10 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 224

    AN IMPORTANT PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER-GILT VERRIERES

    MARK OF DANIEL SMITH AND ROBERT SHARP, LONDON, 1786

    Price Realised  

    AN IMPORTANT PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER-GILT VERRIERES
    MARK OF DANIEL SMITH AND ROBERT SHARP, LONDON, 1786
    Each shaped oval and on spreading gadrooned foot, the lower body fluted, applied at each end with a foliage capped reeded handle, with a Vitruvian scroll and foliage border, each marked on edge of foot, each further numbered and engraved underneath with a scratchweight 'No. 2 90"16' and No.4 91"17'
    15 in. (38 cm.) wide
    182 oz. (5,657 gr.) (2)


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    The traces of engraved arms, as well as the existence of another example (see V. Brett, The Sotheby's Directory of Silver 1600-1940, London, 1986, p. 228, no. 1016), indicate that this was part of a service of at least four made for John Fitzgibbon, later 1st Earl of Clare (c.1749-1802).

    Fitzgibbon was the son of John Fitzgibbon and his wife Isabella Grove, daughter of John Grove, of Ballyhimmock, County Cork, Ireland. He was first Attorney-General for Ireland in 1783 and later Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1789. He is best known for being a renowned champion of the Protestant Ascendancy and an opponent of Catholic emancipation, so much so that he persuaded George III to oppose it and ultimately led to the downfall of William Pitt, the British Prime Minister who had staked his reputation on achieving Catholic emancipation alongside the Act of Union.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN