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A set of twelve George III silver salt cellars, Robert Garrard, London, 1814
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A set of twelve George III silver salt cellars, Robert Garrard, London, 1814
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A set of twelve George III silver salt cellars, Robert Garrard, London, 1814
in George II style and of unusually large size, the compressed circular bodies each applied with four cast festoons of flowers between as many lion mask, paw and bun supports, the undersides engraved with a crest below a marquess's coronet, complete with twelve detachable silver liners with gilt interiors, the salts and liners numbered 1 to 12 
11cm., 4 1/4in. wide
5763gr., 185oz
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Provenance

Thomas Thynne, 2nd Marquess of Bath (1765-1837) and then by descent to
John Alexander Thynne, 4th Marquess of Bath (1831-1896) and then by descent at Longleat
Christie's, London, Furniture, Porcelain and Silver from Longleat, 13 June 2002, lot 449

Literature

Robert Garrard's Gentleman's Ledger, 1811-1817, fol. 309 (Victoria and Albert Museum, Archive of Art and Design. MS SD.95.0050)
2nd Marquess of Bath, Heirlooms, 1896 Inventory of Plate: 'Twelve circular salts on feet heavily chased with fruit and lion mask heads.'

Catalogue Note

The crest and coronet are those of Thynne, Marquesses of Bath for Thomas Thynne, 2nd Marquess of Bath (1765-1837), who succeeded to the title upon the death of his father in 1796. He was Tory M.P. for Weobley from 1786 to 1790, for Bath from 1790 to 1796 and Lord Lieutenant for Somerset from 1819 until his death. He married on 24 April 1794 in Brook Street, Hanover Square, Isabella Elizabeth (1773-1830), third daughter and coheir of George Byng, Viscount Torrington. 

The entry for these salts in Robert Garrard's Gentleman's Ledger, 1811-1817, fol. 309 (Victoria and Albert Museum, Archive of Art and Design. MS SD.95.0050), is as follows:
'The Marquis of Bath
'1814
'July 15
'12 large festoon salts wt lions masks 160oz 5dwt  8/6  £124 16s 2d
'12 linings for ditto with gilt interiors 29oz  4s  £24 8s 2d
'Engr 49 crests & coronets  £2 9s.'

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