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THE GRANVILLE-BERKELEY CUP: A WILLIAM III SILVER COVERED MUG, RALPH LEEKE, LONDON, 1698
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
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THE GRANVILLE-BERKELEY CUP: A WILLIAM III SILVER COVERED MUG, RALPH LEEKE, LONDON, 1698
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
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THE GRANVILLE-BERKELEY CUP: A WILLIAM III SILVER COVERED MUG, RALPH LEEKE, LONDON, 1698
of baluster form chased with gadroons at the base, molded collar, stamped with bands of oak leaves and cinquefoils, the front engraved with contemporary arms in baroque cartouche flanked by inscriptions of circa 1765, beaded s scroll handle and matching almost flat cover with urn finial
fully marked near rim, cover with maker's mark only; scratch weight 17=14
Height 6 in.
15.2 cm.
16 oz 10 dwt
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Provenance

James Robinson, New York, May 1981;
Vogel Collection no. 347.

Catalogue Note

The arms are those of Carteret impaling Granville in a lozenge for Grace, sister of John, Baron Granville of Potheridge and second daughter of John Granville 1st Earl of Bath. She was born about 1667 and married,  when they were both about 8 years old,  Sir George Carteret, Bart., created in 1681 Baron Carteret of Hawnes, co. Bedford. He died aged 28 in 1695 leaving her a widowed baroness. Later she was created  in 1715 Viscountess Carteret and Countess Granville in her own right. She died  18 October 1744 and was buried in Westminster Abbey and was succeeded  by her eldest son John, Earl Granville, Viscount Carteret and Baron Carteret of Hawnes who had a distinguished political and diplomatic career, ambassador to Sweden 1719-20, Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland 1724-30, Secretary of State for the North  1741-4, KG 1749 and Lord President of the Council 1751-63. He married 1st in 1710 Frances daughter of Sir Robert Worsley 4th Bart. who died in Hanover 1743 and 2nd in 1744 Sophia 2nd daughter of Thomas Earl of Pomfret. He died at Bath 2nd Jan 1763 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

The inscription flanking the arms reads “JOHN LORD BERKELEY BOUGHT THIS CUP AT EARL GRANVILLE’S SALE, NUNQUAM TE ASPICIAM POST HAC AT CERTE SEMPER AMABO.” The Latin translates loosely as "Never shall I see thee more, but evermore, I’ll love thee sure.”

John Lord Berkeley, John 5th Baron Berkeley of Stratton, b. circa 1697, educated at Christ Church, Oxford, M.P. for Stockbridge 1735-41, Captain of the Yeoman of the Guard 1743-6, Privy Councillor 1752, Treasurer of the Household 1755-6, Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners 1756-62 and Constable of the Tower of London 1762-70. He died without issue in 1773 when the peerage became extinct. He left his considerable estates including Berkeley Square in London to his kinsman Frederick Augustus Berkeley, 5th Earl of Berkeley.

Berkeley and Granville would have moved in the same political and court circles and from the inscription it seem likely that they were friends. The cup was bought as a memorial to a deceased friend.

Ralph Leeke, son of Thomas Leeke of Osderston in the co. of Salop yeoman, apprenticed to Thomas Littleton 15 July 1664, free 20 September 1671 recorded by Heal as plateworker 1679 , entered his mark as largeworker undated , between January and July 1699 with address of Bridgett Street, Covent Garden, He was responsible for the pair of wine cisterns of 1698, with the arms of Sir Nathaniel Curzon of Kedleston, sold Sotheby’s London 9 July 1964, lot 104 ($16,240) illus, The Sotheby’s Directory of Silver, no. 527 p. 144.

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