1 December 2004
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A German silver-gilt ecuelle, cover and stand
Mark of Johann Ludwig Schoap, Augsburg, 1731-1733
The ecuelle, circular, applied with two openwork foliate strapwork handles, chased with a band of foliate strapwork on a partly-textured ground, the stepped slightly domed cover similarly chased and with hinged handle, the stand, shaped circular and with moulded border, with similar chased decoration, the ecuelle, cover and stand each later engraved with a 'C' cypher with earl's coronet above and the Order of the Bath beneath, marked on ecuelle, cover and stand
The ecuelle, 8¾in. (22.1cm.) long; the stand, 8in. (20.5cm.) diam.
The cypher is for George, 4th Earl of Clarendon K.G., G.C.B. (1800-1870)
George, 4th Earl of Clarendon K.G., G.C.B. (1800-1870) and then by descent.
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George Villiers, later 4th Earl of Clarendon entered the diplomatic service at a very young age becoming attaché to the British Embassy in St. Petersburg in 1820. His reputation was secured by the masterful way he conducted his negotiations during his Spanish embassy of 1833 and the subsequent treaty in 1834. He received the Order of the Bath in 1837 which is engraved beneath the cypher on the present lot. In 1847 he was appointed as Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland and served during the difficult time of the famine. He returned to England in 1852 having been made a Knight of the Order of the Garter while unusually being allowed to keep his Order of the Bath (for further information see note to lot 767).
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