A Pretty Pair of George II Small Dishes, Possibly for Tea Bowls

Lewis Pantin
5 7/8 in, (14.7 cm)

Each with a plain surface engraved with impressive armorials, the raised and wavy cut edges moulded with 16 flutes separating alternate panels, one chased with trellis work interrupted by interwoven symmetrical strapwork , the other with a shell motif on a matted ground. The underside with 4 scroll legs and with hoof feet. Also engraved with scratchweights: 7=18

5500 GBP
  • Sotheby's, London, 27th october 1953, lot 110, Property of a Lady of Title
  • S.J. Phillips

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The arms are those of Rutland for Lucy, 2nd wife of John Manners, 2nd Duke of Rutland. She was the daughter of Bennet Sherard, 2nd Baron Sherard of Leitrim and married John Manners on January 1st 1712. He died of smallpox on 20th February 1720 aged 44 and she died on October 27th 1751 so these charming dishes were ordered whilst she was the Dowager Duchess of Rutland.

This pair of dishes was part of a larger set of eight in 3 different sizes, these being the smallest. The larger ones were oval in shape and were sold by Sotheby's in 1953 and illustrated in the catalogue. They were bought by Kaye, probably Vivvy Kaye who later went into partnership with Solomon Angel and traded as Angel and Kaye in the Bond Street Silver Galleries.