View full screen - View 1 of Lot 45. The 12th Duke of Hamilton's Travelling Picnic and Games Compendium, retailed by Walter Thornhill, London, 1873.
45

The 12th Duke of Hamilton's Travelling Picnic and Games Compendium, retailed by Walter Thornhill, London, 1873

UK: Greenford Park WarehouseRestricted Species

Estimate:

3,000

to
- 5,000 GBP

Property of a descendant of William Beckford & The Dukes of Hamilton

The 12th Duke of Hamilton's Travelling Picnic and Games Compendium, retailed by Walter Thornhill, London, 1873

The 12th Duke of Hamilton's Travelling Picnic and Games Compendium, retailed by Walter Thornhill, London, 1873

Estimate:

3,000

to
- 5,000 GBP

Lot sold:

23,940

GBP

Property of a descendant of William Beckford & The Dukes of Hamilton

The 12th Duke of Hamilton's Travelling Picnic and Games Compendium, retailed by Walter Thornhill, London, 1873


the mahogany case converting to a table and with a brass carrying handle and inlaid and engraved brass cypher for the Duke of Hamilton, Brandon and Chatelherault, opening to reveal a rosewood and boxwood parquetry chessboard (playing surface 36.5cm. by 56cm.), enclosing a blue baise lined surface (75cm. by 56cm.) with gilt-tooled leather border, the interior fitted and including thirty-two ivory chess pieces with brass fixing pins; a leather card box; two leather caddies with blue silk linings; six graduated stacking horn beakers with glass bottoms, each with a removable silver lid, Thomas Johnson, London, 1873; six silver tiffin plates with monogram, Wright & Davies, London, 1873, a set of six steel knives with ivory handles, marked V.R / Thornhill and six silver forks, London, 1873, also with monogram held in a fold-over leather case; a silver travelling condiment set in three parts and of graduated form, comprising salt, pepper and mustard with glass liner and gilt interior, Thomas Johnson, London, 1873; a further glass lidded condiment vessel with electroplate top, two silver-topped glass spirit bottles with engraved cypher, Thomas Johnson, London, 1872, one with paper label for burgundy contained in a leather travelling case stamped 'Walter Thornhill 144 New Bond St.'

open overall 71cm. high; 2ft. 4in. and leather case closed 43cm. by 60cm. by 19.5cm.; 1ft. 5in., 1ft. 11¾in., 7¾in.

This set is quite extraordinary and appears to be a bespoke unique commission. It is lovely quality. Old marks and scratches throughout from age and use. Leather case with wear and marks from use, carrying strap snapped. Brass ring-pull of the mahogany lid has been lost some time ago and the fixing for it severed at this site - this will need a replacement. The lid is a slightly warped and the folding mechanism, which works, needs some gentle attention. Scratch to this mahogany lid. Blue baize is worn in places with stains and some losses to fabric to folds. Brass a little tarnished and with some scratches. Silver and plate would benefit from a clean. One chess piece with brass pin lacking. Age crack to both sides above edges - historic and from use. Age crack to base of one interior division. Ribbons to tops of leather boxes frayed or lacking. It is lovely quality despite the kind of wear one would expect from use.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

This lot contains ivory or rhino horn and other restricted materials. Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with CITES licence applications where a buyer elects to either collect or arrange their own shipping, nor will Sotheby's assist with the international movement of ivory/rhino horn by air, either as freight or through hand carry. Sotheby's shipping will only assist in shipping the lot to either domestic UK or EU destinations, where delivery is made by road transport. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.
On the 10th of December, 1873, the 12th Duke of Hamilton (1845–1895) married Lady Mary Louisa Montagu (1854–1934); this set was almost certainly a wedding present to the couple;
Thence by descent.