The dishes, The Lion Mark, Winnetka, Illinois, 1975;
Christies, Important Silver, Objects of Vertu and Russian Works of Art, The Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, 20 October 1999, lot 245
In January 1839 the 2nd Earl was murdered:
‘DEATH OF THE EARL OF NORBURY. The assassins of this nobleman, to whom all men of all parties render the praise of an inoffensive, amiable, benevolent, and useful man, have been but too successful. The noble earl expired on Thursday at noon, after 43 hours’ suffering. . . .’ (The Standard, London, Monday, 7 January 1839, p. 2a)
This unhappy event took place on the Earl’s Durrow Castle estate, three days after a tenant had been evicted.
Whether these vegetable dishes were the property of the 1st or the 2nd Earl of Norbury is not known for certain. Other items of silver of 1813 engraved with the arms of Graham-Toler with Brabazon for the 2nd Earl and circa, bearing the mark of Paul Storr for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell are recorded. These include an entrée dish and cover (Christie’s, New York, 11 April 2003, lot 229).
These vegetable dishes and stands were separated many years ago before being discovered in separate auctions in New York by the present owner in October, 1999 and October, 2000.
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