30 - 31 May 2012
A GEORGE III IRISH SILVER BASKET
MARK OF WILLIAM NOWLAN, DUBLIN, 1817, FURTHER STAMPED WEST
Circular and on domed foot, chased with scrolls, fruit, masks and cartouches below the foliage-cast rim, the swing handle chased with husks and with female mask terminals, engraved with a crest, marked under foot and on handle, engraved with scratchweight '51"8'
13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm.) diam.
50 oz. 18 dwt. (1,583 gr.)
The crest is that of Maxwell probably for John Waring Maxwell (1788-1869), son of John Waring Maxwell (d.1802) and his wife Dorothea (d.1842), daughter of Robert Maxwell (d.1769) of Finnebrogue, co. Down. John Waring senior took the additional name and arms of Maxwell upon the death of his wife's brother in 1792 when the Maxwell estates passed to her. This basket, as with the entrée dishes offered in this sale, were possibly a wedding present to John Waring Maxwell as he married the heiress Madelina, daughter of David Ker of Portavo, co. Down, in 1817.
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