These caddies, which are struck with de Lamerie’s fourth mark, entered on 27 March 1732, almost certainly date from about the time of Lord and Lady Sunderland’s marriage in May 1732. The male and female profiles engraved on one of the sliding covers would appear to be a reference to the newlywed couple. Other examples of engraved profiles representing real individuals, as opposed to mythological or historical figures, have been noted on a pair of silver salvers, Ebenezer Coker, London, 1772 (Sotheby’s, London, 22 November 1984, lot 76). They are thought to have been a 50th wedding anniversary present to Mr and Mrs Peter Lehoup, with whose coat-of-arms they are each engraved within a border of drapery, urns and profiles. The latter show the couple in young and old age.
The remarkable de Lamerie silver-gilt rococo inkstand, London, 1738, which is in the possession of the present Duke of Marlborough, was probably also made for the 3rd Duke (Paul de Lamerie, The Work of England’s Master Silversmith, exhibition catalogue, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, 1990, p. 145, no. 94)
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