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137
A set of six George III silver dinner plates, Paul Storr, London, 1797
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 5,040 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
137
A set of six George III silver dinner plates, Paul Storr, London, 1797
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 5,040 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A set of six George III silver dinner plates, Paul Storr, London, 1797
circular with gadrooned borders, armorial engraved and crested below earl's coronet, five with inventory numbers and scratchweights 25 10=10, 35 18=11, 56 18=6, 75 18=5 and 84 18=7, one with scratchweight only 18=10
Quantity: 6
25.5cm, 10in diameter
3390r, 109oz
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Provenance

George, 4th Earl Cowper (1776-1799), or possibly his brother Peter, 5th Earl Cowper (1778-1837)
By descent to Lady Ethel Desborough (1867-1952), granddaughter of the 6th Earl Cowper, and her husband William, 1st Baron Desborough KG GCVO (1855-1945)
Presumably removed from Panshanger, co. Hertford, and sold Christie's, London, 18 March 1942, as part of lot 94

Catalogue Note

The crown which surmounts the arms refers to the status of the Cowpers as Princes of the Holy Empire, a dignity granted by Joseph II while the 3rd Earl Cowper was serving as ambassador in Vienna. His sister was simultaneously serving as Joseph's mistress, which may have played a part in the emperor's decision to declare Lord Cowper the heir, through his mother, of the Princes of Nassau Auverquerque. George III granted use of the Holy Roman title to Lord Cowper and his issue on 19 August 1785.

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