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    Sale 7441

    Important Silver

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 605

    MARY, COUNTESS OF CARDIGAN'S TOILET SERVICE
    AN IMPORTANT COMPOSITE CHARLES II AND GEORGE II SILVER-GILT TOILET SERVICE

    APPARENTLY UNMARKED, THE MAJORITY CIRCA 1680

    Price Realised  

    MARY, COUNTESS OF CARDIGAN'S TOILET SERVICE
    AN IMPORTANT COMPOSITE CHARLES II AND GEORGE II SILVER-GILT TOILET SERVICE
    APPARENTLY UNMARKED, THE MAJORITY CIRCA 1680
    Comprising:
    A pair of rectangular caskets, each on later ball feet, the sides chased with scrolling foliage the covers each with classical and military scenes, engraved with a cypher below a countess' coronet
    9½ in. (24.2 cm.) long

    A pair of large circular boxes, similarly chased, engraved with a cypher below a countess' coronet
    6¼ in. (15.8 cm.) diam.

    A pair of square boxes, the sides similarly chased the covers chased with putti, engraved with a cypher below a countess' coronet
    4½ in. (11.5 cm.) square

    A pair of smaller square boxes, the sides similarly chased, the covers chased with buildings and landscapes, engraved with a cypher below a countess' coronet
    2¾ in. (7.3 cm.) square

    An oblong casket with a domed cover, the interior later fitted with glass bottles, engraved with a cypher below a countess' coronet, perhaps converted from a pin cushion
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) long

    A pair of square cannisters, chased with figures emblematic of Justice, Truth, Fortitude and Temperance, engraved with a cypher below a countess' coronet
    6 in. (15.2 cm.) high

    A pair of square cluster column candlesticks, the bases later applied with floral festoons, engraved with a cypher below a countess' coronet
    6 3/8 in. (14 cm.) high

    A pair of oblong dishes, the sides similarly applied, engraved with a cypher below a countess' coronet circa 1740
    8 in. (20.2 cm.) long

    An oval mirror, the sides chased with putti and scrolling foliage, applied with figural vignettes, the mirror circa 1740, the vignettes circa 1680
    23½ in. (59.7 cm.) high
    252 oz. (7,837 gr.) weighable silver
    The cypher is that of Mary, Countess of Cardigan (c.1711-1775) (16)


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    Provenance

    Mary, Countess of Cardigan (1711/12-1775), wife of George, 4th Earl of Cardigan (1712-1790), later created Duke of Montagu, possibly as a gift on her marriage in 1730, and then by descent to her daughter
    Elizabeth, Duchess of Buccleuch (d.1827), wife of Henry, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch (1746-1812) and then by descent to her second daughter
    Elizabeth, Countess of Home (d.1837), wife of Alexander, 10th Earl of Home (1769-1841) and then by descent to her great-grandson
    Charles, 13th Earl of Home (1873-1918)
    The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Home; Christie's London, 17 June 1919, lot 56, a 'Silver-Gilt Toilet Service' (£460 to S.J. Phillips), lot 75 a 'Pair of Silver-Gilt Candlesticks' (£36 to S.J. Phillips) and 76 a 'Pair of oblong dishes' (£16 to S.J. Phillips)
    The Chequers Trust; Christie's London, 24 November 1976, lot 175


    Exhibited

    London, South Kensington Loan Exhibition, no. 6206 (excluding the pair of dishes)