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A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER TEA-CADDIES

MARK OF WILLIAM VINCENT, LONDON, 1769

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER TEA-CADDIES
MARK OF WILLIAM VINCENT, LONDON, 1769
Each shaped square, the sides and detachable covers chased with flowers and foliage, with flower finials, each later engraved with initial 'C' below an earl's coronet, one further engraved 'Black' the other 'Green', marked underneath and on cover bezel, contained in a George III kingwood and marquetry box in the manner of John Cobb, inlaid with panels depicting fruit baskets bordered by meandering foliage, on silver feet
the caddies - 4¾ in. (12 cm.) high, the box - 9½ in. (24 cm.) wide
19 oz. (594 gr.)
The initial is presumably that of William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (1770-1825), son of William, 6th Baron Craven and his wife Lady Elizabeth Berkeley (d.1828). He succeeded his father as seventh Baron Craven in 1791 and was created, in 1801, Viscount Uffington and Earl of Craven. (2)
Provenance
Probably William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (1770-1825), and by descent to Thomas Robert Craven, 7th Earl of Craven (1957-1983).
The Earl of Craven; Christie's London, 21 February 1979, lot 94.
with Jeremy Ltd., London, March 1979 and then by descent.
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This marquetry sarcophagus form tea caddy is a further strand to the distinguished group of furniture of the 1750s and 1760s commissioned by the Craven family. These indicate that the 4th Baron and 1st Earl of Craven were patronising one or more of the very best London cabinet-makers in this period - including in all probability Thomas Chippendale, John Cobb and Messrs. Mayhew and Ince. The best known of the furniture is the magnificent Chippendale library desk sold from Combe Abbey in 1961 and which was most recently sold from the Hochschild Collection in 1978 (Connoisseur, April 1982). The second from this period is the carved mahogany canopied bed that was sold by Cornelia, Countess of Craven, Christie's London, 11 April 1923, lot 99 and again, anonymously, Christie's Monaco, 20 June 1994, lot 219. The design of that bed is very closely related to a signed drawing by the architect James Paine that survives at Nostell Priory. The third is the celebrated pair of dining room urns and pedestals, sold from Tythrop Park, Oxfordshire, Christie's London, 27 April 1995, lot 12 and now in the Gerstenfeld Collection, Washington D.C.

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