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A SET OF FOUR GEORGE II SILVER-GILT CANDLESTICKS WITH A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III SILVER-GILT TWO-LIGHT BRANCHES
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A SET OF FOUR GEORGE II SILVER-GILT CANDLESTICKS WITH A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III SILVER-GILT TWO-LIGHT BRANCHES

THE CANDLESTICKS WITH MARK OF EDWARD FELINE, LONDON, 1743, THE BRANCHES WITH MARK OF JONATHAN ALLEINE, LONDON, TWO 1768 AND TWO CIRCA 1768

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A SET OF FOUR GEORGE II SILVER-GILT CANDLESTICKS WITH A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III SILVER-GILT TWO-LIGHT BRANCHES
THE CANDLESTICKS WITH MARK OF EDWARD FELINE, LONDON, 1743, THE BRANCHES WITH MARK OF JONATHAN ALLEINE, LONDON, TWO 1768 AND TWO CIRCA 1768
Each on shaped square base chased with diaperwork and applied with masks, the stem with square octagonal baluster, chased with portrait medallions and with spool-shaped socket, the detachable scroll branches terminating in spool-shaped sockets above wax-pans, with central berry finial, engraved with a coat-of-arms, marked under base, on two sockets and on each branch, two with maker's mark only four times, two arms engraved with scratchweights '34=13' and '33=13'
14 in. (33 cm.) high
249 oz. 2 dwt. (7,746 gr.)
The arms are those of Lamb impaling Coke for Matthew Lamb (1705-1768), later created a baronet in 1755, and his wife Charlotte, daughter of the Rt. Hon. Thomas Coke (d.1727), whom he married in 1740. (4)
Provenance
Matthew Lamb (1705-1768), later Sir Matthew Lamb, and then by descent to his son
Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne (1744-1828) and then by descent to his daughter
Emily, Lady Cowper (1787-1869), wife of Peter, 5th Earl Cowper (1778-1837) and then by descent to their son
George 6th Earl Cowper (1806-1856) and then by descent to his son
Francis 7th Earl Cowper (1834-1905) and then by decent to his niece
Ethel, Lady Desborough (1867-1952).
Lady Desborough; Christie's, London, 18 March 1942, lot 126.
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Matthew Lamb was a successful lawyer and money lender, who served some of the most prominent members of the aristocracy in the 18th century. Lamb amassed a fortune through his professional associations, inheritance and advantageous marriage to the heiress, Charlotte Coke. His real estate holdings included Melbourne Hall in Derbyshire, acquired through his wife, Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire as well as a house in London. To demonstrate his wealth and position of influence, Lamb commissioned silver from some of the leading silversmiths including Paul de Lamerie, the Royal Goldsmith, George Wickes and Edward Feline. His Lamerie purchases included a set of four waiters, four sauceboats and four salt-cellars. His Wickes purchases included a soup-tureen and six dishes.

On his death in 1768, Lamb's estate, valued at nearly £1 million passed to his son Peniston Lamb, later created 1st Viscount Melbourne. Of his silver Sir Matthew made special note in his will that it should be 'kept and preserved'. His son not only preserved the collections but added to them with orders of further plate from Parker and Wakelin to make additions to the dinner service. This included a matching soup-tureen to one by George Wickes which his father had commissioned and almost certainly the branches which accompany the present lot. The tureen, like the branches here, is dated 1768, the year that Peniston inherited his father's fortune and the year before his marriage to Elizabeth Milbanke (1751-1818), daughter of Sir Ralph Milbanke, 5th Baronet.

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