30 - 31 May 2012
TWO GEORGE II SILVER MEAT-DISHES
MARK OF FREDERICK KANDLER, LONDON, 1752 AND 1756
Each shaped oval with gadrooned rim, engraved with a coat-of-arms below a baron's coronet, engraved underneath with initials 'F' over 'HA', each marked underneath, each further engraved with a scratchweight '52=12'
17¾ in. (45.2 cm.) wide
102 oz. 11 dwt. (3,190 gr.)
The arms are those of Pitt for Thomas, 1st Lord Camelford, Baron of Boconnoc (1736/37-1793). He married Anne Wilkinson, daughter of Pinckney Wilkinson, in 1771.
He graduated from Clare Hall, Cambridge in 1759 with an M.A. Thomas Pitt was known as a gentleman architect and Italophile, naming his house in Twickenham the Palazzo Pitti. Fellow architect Sir John Soane described Pitt as having 'classical taste and profound architectural knowledge'. Horace Walpole wrote that he was 'very amiable and very sensible' and asked his advice on the decoration of Strawberry Hill. Soane worked on two of Pitt's country houses, Petersham Lodge in Richmond in 1781 and Burnham Westgate Hall in Norfolk in 1783.
Camelford was the nephew of Prime Minister William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. He was M.P. for the rotten borough of Old Sarum and Okehampton during the 1760s and 70s. He was elevated to the peerage in 1784. (2)
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