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An exceptionally fine and unusual George III Game Dish & Cover made in London in 1818 by John Houle.


This very fine and unusual piece has a deep base with a cast and applied rim unusually decorated with raying and scallop shells flanked by acanthus foliage, as well as gadrooning. The inside of the base is engraved with a contemporary Crest on each side. The high domed cover is decorated with a reeded band, above a lobed section. The cover terminates in a cast crossed branch finial, decorated with raying shells and acanthus foliage. The handle sits on a cast plate, also decoarted with acanthus foliage and leafage. Both the front and reverse is engraved with a contemporary Armorial, with Motto below, all surrounded by a pluming scroll cartouche. Both pieces are in extremely crisp condition and are both very well marked. The quality of design and production is outstanding, as would be expected from this maker who would have been in the circle of Paul Storr. It is of a very good gauge and weight.

The Arms, Crest and Motto are those of Alexander Maconochie, afterwards Maconochie-Welwood, Lord Meadowbank. An eminent Lawyer, he was born in 1777 and died in 1861. The Arms were granted in 1819, the year after this dish was made. He was a Scottish Judge, admitted advocate 1799, Solicitor General 1813, Lord Advocate 1816. He was M.P. successively for Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, and for Kilrenny, Scotland, between 1817 and 1819. He was raised to the Scottish Bench as Lord Meadowbank in 1819 and resigned in 1843. He assumed the additional surname of Welwood on succeeding to his cousinss estates. His seat was Meadowbank House in County Edinburgh.

Height: 7.5 inches, 18.75cm.

Diameter at the widest point: 11.75 inches, 29.38cm.

Weight: 69oz.