25 November 2008
PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION
A WILLIAM AND MARY SILVER-GILT TUMBLER-CUP
MARK OF PIERRE HARACHE, LONDON, 1689
Tapering cylindrical, the sides with snakeskin finish interrupted by three plain bands, later engraved underneath with a coat-of-arms, marked underneath
3 in. (7.4 cm.) diam.
2 oz. (66 gr.)
The arms are those of Thomas impaling Keppel, for General John Thomas and his wife Sophia Keppel (d.1773), daughter of Arnold, 1st Earl of Albemarle (1670-1718), whom he married in 1731. General Thomas was the second son of Sir Edmund Thomas 2nd Bt. (1667-1723) of Wenvoe Castle, co. Glamorgan. His son, Charles Nassau Thomas was vice-chamberlain to the Prince Regent, later King George IV.
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A similar set of beakers is illustrated in M. Clayton, Christie's Pictorial History of English and American Silver, Oxford, 1985, p.73, no. 10.
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