20 May 2015
A SET OF TWELVE GERMAN SILVER DINNER-PLATES
MARK OF GUSTAV FRIEDRICH GERICH, AUGSBURG, 1802-1803
Each shaped circular and with laurel foliage border, engraved underneath with a coat-of-arms below a coronet, each marked underneath
10 3/8 in. (26.25 cm.) diameter
220 oz. 12 dwt. (6,863 gr.)
The arms are those of Savoy, probably for Charles Emmanuel of Savoy (1751-1819), Prince of Savoy and later of Carignano. In 1797 he married Maria Christina of Saxony, daughter of Carl Christian Joseph of Saxony, Duke of Courland. The couple's eldest son was Charles Albert of Savoy (1798-1849), Prince of Carignano and later King of Sardinia who married Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria and had three children, the eldest of whom became Vittorio Emanuele II, first king of the newly unified Italy.
The service, from which these plates and those in lot 63 originate, seems to have been produced by more than one silversmith including Christian II Drentwett and Gustav Friedrich Gerich, between 1789 and 1804. A large group of items from the service appeared on the market in Geneva in May 1992, weighing over 4,000 ounces, including two oval tureens, two circular tureens, no fewer than 132 dinner plates and an assortment of other meat and entrée dishes. The present dinner-plates are perhaps twelve from the 132 that were part of that service.
Probably Charles Emmanuel of Savoy (1770-1800), Prince of Savoy and later of Carignano.
Probably anonymous sale; Christie's, Geneva, 19 May 1992, lot 167 (part).
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