12 June 2006
THE PROPERTY OF THE KNOLE SECOND TRUST FUND
A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III SILVER-GILT SALT-CELLARS
MARK OF WILLIAM PITTS, LONDON, 1783
Each navette-shaped, on four scroll feet with acanthus terminals, with husk rims, the sides engraved with floral garlands and applied with oval vignettes, one of seated Hercules, the other of a cupid supporting a shield cast with female portrait bust, the sides applied with rams' masks, each marked on base
Each 5½ in. (14 cm.) long
30 oz. (951 gr.) (4)
Supplied by the Royal Goldsmiths Jefferys and Jones to
John, 3rd Duke of Dorset (1745-1799) for his embassy to Paris in 1784, and then by descent to his son
George, 4th Duke of Dorset (1793-1815) and then by descent to his first cousin,
Charles, 2nd Viscount Sackville and 5th Duke of Dorset (1767-1843), and then by descent to the second daughter of George, 4th Duke of Dorset,
Lady Elizabeth Sackville-West (d.1870), later Baroness Buckhurst, wife of George, 5th Earl De La Warre (1791-1869), who assumed her paternal name and arms by Royal License in addition to those of West in 1843, and then by descent to their 4th son,
Mortimer, 1st Baron Sackville (1820-1888) and then by descent.
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Manuscript account from the Royal Goldsmiths, Jefferys and Jones, Cockspur Street, near Charing Cross, 1 April 1784, (Kent Archives Office), four from a set of '12 salts 92[oz.] 8[dwt.] fa[shioning] 50[s]/. each, £55.8.4.'.
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