THE TOWNSHEND ROYAL CHRISTENING GIFTS. TWO GEORGE I/GEORGE II GILDED SILVER TWO-HANDLED CUPS AND COVERS, THE FIRST, MATTHEW COOPER, LONDON, 1724, THE SECOND, UNMARKED, CIRCA 1757
25,000 - 35,000 GBP
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tapering form, each on a spreading circular foot chased with basket-weave borders, the bodies applied with masks and strapwork above and below the central moulded girdle, stylised angular scroll handles, the double-domed covers chased with foliate and gadrooned borders around a guilloche band enclosing rosettes below the vase-shaped finial, the cover and body each engraved with the Royal arms and another coat-of-arms one with the cadency mark for the eldest son, the other with the cadency mark of the second son, the first cup struck four times with maker's mark only The Royal Arms on the first cup are those of King George I and on the second cup for King George II The second arms on the first cup are those of Townshend for George Townshend, later 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend (1724-1807), eldest son of Charles, 3rd Viscount Townshend (1700-1764). The second arms on the second cup are for John Townshend (1757-1833), later Lord John Townshend, second son of George, 4th Viscount Townsend, later 1st Marquess Townshend (1724-1807) The inscription on the first cup reads 'This Cup Given by his Majesty King George First to his Godson George Townshend Son to Charles Lord Viscount Townshend Born at London February the 29th 1724' The inscription on the second cup reads 'This Cup Given to The Hon John Townshend Second Son to George Lord Viscount Townshend'