Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver | 29 November 2017
A fine set of four George III silver salt cellars by John Parker & Edward...
A fine set of four George III silver salt cellars by John Parker & Edward Wakelin, London 1771, each oval with scroll and rosette terminal lifts, the body gadrooned with applied husk festoons centring an oval patera, on an oval foot chased with a laurel border, the interiors gilt, each with one terminal engraved with a crest within the Garter beneath a marquess's coronet, each marked under base, 12.5cm (5in) long, 1190g (38.25 oz)
Provenance: By descent in the Paget family until sold to the present vendor, a collector being advised by Ian Pickford Ltd.
These salt cellars are from the collection of the celebrated military hero, Henry William Paget, first Marquess of Anglesey (1768-1854). Paget, who commanded the cavalry at Waterloo, is most famously remembered for the loss of his leg as he was riding alongside the Duke of Wellington. Upon receiving grapeshot to his right knee, he supposedly told Wellington, By God Sir, I've lost my leg to which Wellington replied By God Sir, so you have . Paget was created marquess in 1815, and was made a Knight of the Garter in 1818. He was married first to Caroline Villiers, daughter of the 4th Earl of Jersey, and secondly to Charlotte, daughter of the 1st Earl Cadogan.
A pair of sauce boats from this service were sold at Christie's New York, 26th January 2010, lot 93 for $74,500 (including premium). Originally the service had six matching salt cellars, all made by Parker & Wakelin in 1771. They are based upon the designs of architect Sir William Chambers for a silver service for the 4th Duke of Marlborough. Chambers's service, which was executed by Parker and Wakelin in 1768, included 16 fine festoon Sauceboats . The Anglesey sauce boats and salt cellars are more elaborately embellished than the Marlborough model, with patera centring the husk festoons and bold gadrooning.
A little wear to all chasing. One gadrooned rim has 0.5cm flattening. Gilding with rubbing Armorial engraving crisp. Marks generally good, some makers a bit lightly struck. No faults or repairs.
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