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    Sale 5922

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    24 February 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 221

    AN IMPOSING GEORGE III SILVER AGRICULTURAL PRIZE TWO-HANDLED TRAY

    MARK OF WILLIAM BURWASH AND RICHARD SIBLEY, LONDON, CIRCA 1810

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    AN IMPOSING GEORGE III SILVER AGRICULTURAL PRIZE TWO-HANDLED TRAY
    MARK OF WILLIAM BURWASH AND RICHARD SIBLEY, LONDON, CIRCA 1810
    Rectangular with rounded corners on four double hoof feet, the handles modelled as two ribbon-tied wheatsheafs with acorn and dart borders, the sides applied with oval plaques featuring sheep and cattle, the corners with winged putti holding various agricultural implements including shovels, ploughs and scythes, each side further decorated with a rectangular plaque of an oak tree, its border inscribed THE PROSPERITY & SECURITY OF GREAT BRITAIN., the centre engraved with presentation inscription, the rim of the base engraved WILLIAM MOORE Fecit No 5 Ludgate Street, the base filled with wood panel
    32¼ in. (82 cm.) wide
    gross weight 380.5 oz. (11,796 gr.)
    The arms are those of Curwen quartering Christian for Curwen of Workington, Cumberland. The quartered arms come from the 1782 marriage of Isabella Curwen, daughter and heiress of Henry Curwen (High Sherrif, 1753 and MP for Cumberland, 1768-1828), to her cousin John Christian who assumed the Curwen name thereafter.


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    The inscription to the centre reads THE WORKINGTON AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY as a testimony of their regard, and in honour of his distinguished zeal, exertion and ability, directed not less successfully TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF UNIVERSAL AGRICULTURE, than to the internal improvement and local prosperity OF THE COUNTY OF CUMBERLAND, present This to JOHN CHRISTIAN CURWEN ESQR. M.P. their Founder and President. Sepr. 28, 1810.