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A GEORGE II SILVER EPERGNE
A GEORGE II SILVER EPERGNE

PROBABLY PROVINCIAL, CIRCA 1775, MAKER'S MARK IL (GRIMWADE 3655)

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A GEORGE II SILVER EPERGNE Probably provincial, circa 1775, maker's mark IL (Grimwade 3655) On four shell and scroll feet, with pierced foliate aprons between, the detachable scroll branches supporting four shaped circular pierced baskets and a central boat-shaped basket, engraved with a coat-of-arms and a crest, marked on basket, frame and dishes with IL, rosette between (Grimwade 3655), marked on branch IL, pellet between, the dishes each with London standard and town marks, possibly reworked from earlier pieces 13¼in. (33.6cm.) high; 135oz. 10dwt. (4219gr.)
Provenance
Christie's, Powerscourt, Enniskerry, September 24-25, 1984, lot 174

Lot Essay

The arms are those of Wingfield impaling Stratford, as borne by Richard, 3rd Viscount Powerscourt (1730-1788).

Richard, 3rd Viscount Powerscourt succeeded his brother, who died unmarried at age 34 in 1764. In 1760 he married Amelia, daughter of John, 1st Earl of Aldborough. His father, the 1st Viscount Powerscourt, was responsible for remodeling the family seat at Powerscourt, Enniskerry, yet the 3rd Viscount is chiefly remembered for erecting the stone-cut townhouse in Dublin, on South William Street, between 1771-74 (Complete Peerage).


SUPP IMAGE TEXT:
Portrait of Richard, 3rd Viscount Powerscourt (1730-1788), by Robert Hunter

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