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    Sale 1896

    Important Silver And Objects Of Vertu

    26 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 118

    ROYAL: A MONUMENTAL VICTORIAN SILVER-GILT CENTERPIECE AFTER THE FONTANA DELLE TARTARUGHE

    MARK OF MARSHALL & SON, EDINBURGH, 1870

    Price Realised  

    ROYAL: A MONUMENTAL VICTORIAN SILVER-GILT CENTERPIECE AFTER THE FONTANA DELLE TARTARUGHE
    MARK OF MARSHALL & SON, EDINBURGH, 1870
    Realistically modelled after the Fontana Delle Tartarughe in Rome, set on a square base with incurved sides, the base supporting four shells with dolphins above, the baluster central standard with four male ephebes, each with an arm raised to a turtle above, the rim with masks at intervals, the standard engraved with an inscription, the base engraved with the cypher monogram L, Royal armorials, Campbell armorials, and an accolé coat-of-arms for the two families, marked on base, each figure, each shell, and upper bowl, the base stamped Marshall & Sons 87 George Street Edinburgh
    25¾ in. (65.4 cm.) high; 781 oz. (24291 gr.)
    The inscription: Presented by a large number of landowners in the county of Argyll to John Douglas Sutherland, Marquis of Lorne, M.P. for Argyllshire, as an expression for kind regard for him and hearty congratulation on the auspicious event of His marriage with Her Royal Highness Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, fourth daughter of Her Majesty THE QUEEN 1871


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    Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939) was the sixth child and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. She was a gifted writer, painter, and sculptor and attended the Kensington National Art Training School.

    On March 21, 1871, Princess Louise married John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, Marquess of Lorne and heir to the title of Duke of Argyll. They were married in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. The Princess's husband, known as Lorne, was MP for Argyllshire.
    In 1878 Lorne was given the position of Governor General of Canada. After a year of extensively touring Canada, Louise's boredom was the subject of public comment and she returned to England where she became involved in various artistic pursuits. In 1883 Lorne also returned and served as Governor and Constable of Windsor Caster from 1892-1914. He sat as MP for Manchester South from 1895 until the death of his father in 1900, when he succeeded as 9th Duke of Argyll. Lorne died in 1914 from pneumonia and Louise spent the war years visiting Canadian army units coming to fight in France. She died at age ninety-one in 1939 at Kensington Palace.


    CAPTION: A study of the Fontana Delle Tartarughe, Rome, signed by John Ruskin, Christie's Images

    CAPTION: Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll, 1868, Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London

    CAPTION: John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, 1898, Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London

    Provenance

    HRH Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll, 4th daughter of Queen Victoria, and John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, wedding gift, 1871
    Christie's, Geneva, 1 December 1982, lot 23


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTION