F rom 1827, Thomas Goode & Co gained a reputation for supplying the finest bespoke tableware to a discerning international clientele, including many of the Royal Households of Europe.
Over nearly two centuries of production and collecting, Thomas Goode has accumulated a multitude of wonderful objects, including a single copy of every commissioned piece for their own collection. Many of these treasures have been stored unseen in the attics and vaults, until now. The landmark Thomas Goode building is to be restored and refurbished, and as the builders move in during 2021, this magical emporium will temporarily move out. A decision was made to work with Sotheby’s to rationalise the collection before it returns to its restored Mayfair home.
Highlights of this sale include a Coronation Cup made to celebrate Edward VIII’s coronation to the throne, which never happened; Thomas Goode’s own copy of a miniature dinner service commissioned as a gift for Queen Mary ‘s dolls house at Windsor Castle; a table for an Emperor which includes a stunning St Louis Chandelier, a magnificent George III table, and a Sèvres dinner service made for Napoleon I ; a presentation cabinet created by David Linley, and an engraved glass celebrating the trip of George VI to the United States during the summer of 1939, the first trip of a reigning British monarch. There are also artefacts relating to Winston Churchill from the same period.
This sale presents a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of history in the form of the finest vintage pieces and collectibles, alongside 40 dinner and tea services including a number of tablescapes created by the renowned table designer Fiona Leahy.
Funds raised will be re-invested and used in part to restore and digitise the archive, and library that will be accessible to clients, scholars and the public, and to conserve one of the original Sevres plates supplied to Catherine the Great of Russia in 1778.
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Considered the “largest, most beautiful and most famous dolls’ house in the world” the five foot-tall house with working electricity, silver bath taps and flushing lavatories, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1922 as a gift for HM Queen Mary, Queen Consort to HM King George V and grandmother of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Over 1,500 artists, craftsmen and Royal Warrant holders were commissioned to create each element of the house in miniature – from real versions of 600 miniature books to 774 replica artworks, a wine cellar complete with real wine and spirits, a gramophone playing the National Anthem and a garage with a tiny Rolls-Royce.
Estimate £20,000 – 30,000
Thomas Goode & Co were requested to create three miniature white porcelain dinner services for the doll’s house. Comprising 76 pieces in total, the sets were required for ‘use’ in the State Dining Room, The Nursery and The Kitchen. Each with gilded details and the Cypher “M.R.” (Mary Regina) under the insignia of a Crown. Each piece is individually stamped to the base with the Royal Doulton maker’s mark and set into a bespoke glazed presentation case. The individual pieces are one twelfth of their normal size and include serving dishes, tureens, bowls, dinner and side plates, and platters.
As with every commission, Thomas Goode kept one copy of each article supplied for their own archives. The only two complete services that exist, therefore, are the set in Queen Mary’s doll house in Windsor Castle and the one in Thomas Goode’s archive. The fine china, engravings and decoration of each individual piece (70 pieces making up the dinner set in total) compliments the rarity and royal history, securing this lot’s place as the crown jewel (or at least one of them) in the upcoming auction.
This lot is accompanied by a facsimile of a letter from Queen Mary thanking Thomas Goode for their kindness:
"Her Majesty greatly admires the very careful and minute work which has been put into this charming little service, and I need not tell you how keenly The Queen appreciates your very kind thought, and all the trouble which has resulted in the production of this unique specimen service."
Thomas Goode are the original creators of “Table scaping” and have been creating the world’s finest tables for nearly 200 years.
Recently TG & Co created 30 table scenes for the upcoming attic sale of tableware at Sotheby’s and a number of these were in collaboration with the renowned table designer Fiona Leahy.
1827Established in Mill Street Mayfair in 1827 by Thomas Goode, the company moved to 19 South Audley Street in 1844
1830sEarly on the company attracted royal clients starting with the Hungarian Paul III Anton, Prince Esterházy
1845Occupied 19 South Audley Street, Mayfair. Designed by Ernest George, 19 South Audley Street was transformed into London’s foremost tableware emporium by Thomas Goode’s son, the enterprising William Goode, who travelled the world not just in search of the finest porcelain and bone china designs, but also providing a uniquely personal service to Europe’s great families; in the process endowing the business with a calibre of clientèle that endures to this day.
185826 August 1858 - the company was granted Royal Warrants as suppliers to HM Queen Victoria and HRH Prince Albert
1863Thomas Good & Co provided gifts for the Prince of Wales’s marriage to Princess Alexandra of Denmark who later became King Edward VII and Queen Consort Alexandra
1878William had a month-long visit in Russia in 1878 during which, he had an audience with the Tsar leading Goode to be awarded an imperial warrant in 1879.
1879Thomas Goode participated in the 1879 Paris World Fair being part of the Minton company display. In 1889 at the Paris Exposition, Thomas Goode had an independent stand. The china elephants were commissioned for this event.
1922Thomas Goode & Co was commissioned to create three miniature white porcelain dinner services for ‘use’ in the State Dining Room, The Nursery and The Kitchen for what is considered to be the “largest, most beautiful and most famous dolls’ house in the world” . The doll’s house was a gift for HM Queen Mary, Queen Consort to HM King George V and grandmother of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
1939An engraved glass tankard commemorating King George VI and Queen Elizabeth's visit to America on the Royal Tour of North America. George became first reigning monarch to ever visit the United States: an important event for marking the beginning of the “special relationship”. This object commemorates a key moment Britain’s history, when Churchill appealed to the United States for their support as the dark war clouds gathered over Western Europe. The strong sentiment that exists between the British monarchy and their popularity that continues to the present.
1981Thomas Goode & Co was commissioned to create a dinner service as a gift to Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Wales on the occasion of their wedding.