A SET OF TWELVE GEORGE III SILVER DINNER PLATES, HENRY GREEN, LONDON, 1796
engraved with arms and a crest below coronet, gadroon rim
marked on bases
234 oz 5 dwt
diameter 9½ in.
Light surface scratches from use and the occasional minor ding. Otherwise good condition and nice, heavy weights.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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These plates are copied from a set made by Paul de Lamerie in 1725 for Benjamin Mildway (1672-1756), who married Frederica Darcy, daughter of the Duke of Schomberg, of Schomberg House, Pall Mall and Moulsham Hall, Essex. He was Commissioner of Excise 1720-28, became 19th Baron Fitzwalter in 1728; in 1730 raised to Earl Fitzwalter and Viscount Harwich, in 1738 became Treasurer of the Household with an allowance of 1000 oz. of plate for personal use. The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute has a set of plates from this service, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has a soup tureen (Hartman collection). Paul de Lamerie’s account with Mildmay of 1728 is in the Essex Record Office, reproduced by Christopher Hartop in The Huguenot Legacy, p. 48, and who also reproduces on p. 112 the Jewel House Accounts for February 7, 1737 including "one doz. Goodroond Plates 249. 10 oz” signed for by the butler Henry Longmore. Extensive information is in Beth Carver Weiss, English, Irish & Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, pp. 132-133.