Lot 577 View Catalog
Important George III Sterling Silver Neoclassical Tureen-on-Stand, hallmarked London, 1801-1802, by Robert Sharp, after designs by Jean-Guillaume Moitte (1746-1810), the tureen of hemispherical form and decorated with an engraved leaf-and-dart banding centered by a plain applied band, with gadrooned rim and beautifully chased ram's head and serpent handles, the fitted domed lid with leaf-and-dart mounted addorsed serpent ring handle and opening to reveal the fitted sterling liner, the whole raised on a domed foot banded en suite, the stand of cavetto domed form with floral lappet banding and raised on polydactyl lion's paw feet, later engraved on the body with the arms and on the lid, liner and stand with the crest and motto of Cheape of Rossie, and later still on the stand with a racing inscription "The Dwyer / June 14 - 1947 / won by / Phalanx", overall h. 16", dia. 14-3/4", 257.98 t. oz. This extraordinary tureen is clearly taken from the French neoclassical designs of Jean-Guillaume Moitte as executed by Parisian gold Henri Auguste (1759-1816; Master 1785). The designs were introduced into England by, among others, Prince Frederick Augustus, the Duke of York, and copied by a select handful of English craftsmen. The arms here are of slightly later date, probably for Henry Cheape (1790-1840). The later racing inscription is clearly for the champion Phalanx (1944-1971, out of Jacola by Pilate) who won the Dwyer Stakes - along with the Empire City Handicap, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Belmont Stakes - in 1947.