TWO MATCHING REGENCY SILVER SAUCE BOATS, EDWARD FARRELL, LONDON, 1816 AND CIRCA
the sides with cast panels of a regal scholar instructing six attendants and a sage in a study with cupid, globe, skull, and hourglass as a representation of Vanitas, both enclosed by chased trees, on three dragon feet and with dragon handle, bases crested below coronet
marked on bodies, one with sterling mark and date letter for 1816, the other with Britannia standard mark and date letter unclear
55 oz 5 dwt
length 9 in.
One with a repair to rim near handle, and both with some small splits to rim. The dragon handles with some casting flaws. The bases with some minor dings/bruises. Otherwise good condition. As noted re. the marks being unclear on one.
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The crest is that of Wyndham, Earl of Egremont for George O'Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont FRS (1751-1837) of Petworth House in Sussex and Orchard Wyndham in Somerset. Wyndham was a great art collector and patron of several painters, including John Constable and J. M. W. Turner, who had a studio and lived at Petworth House for a number of years.
Edward Farrell was known for making historicist silver. The scenes may ultimately be after paintings via engravings, but Farrell is more likely to have cast the panels from actual objects, possibly old German plaques or dishes from the retailer Kensington Lewis. Lewis advertised himself as stocking 'antique' as opposed to 'secondhand plate', recognizing the popularity for early silver. Farrell was associated with Lewis between 1816 and 1834, with his most revivalist pieces often stamped with the Lewis retail mark.