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An exceptionally fine & unusual pair of George III Cushion shaped Vegetable Dishes and Covers made in London in 1792 by John Wakelin & William Taylor.


The bases are modelled in the rare cushion form with incuse corners and sides which rise to a gadrooned rim. The covers are also cushion shaped with pleated corners and gadrooned rims which rise to an unusual pagoda top section, decorated with gadrooned oval bands. The covers terminate in a circular reeded ring finial. Both the base and covers are engraved with a contemporary Armorial, in a shield, with a Crest above. The bases and covers are numbered No 1 & No 2. All four pieces are fully marked and in excellent condition. The quality of design and production is exceptional as would be expected from these makers who were patronised by King George III and his son, the Prince of Wales, later George IV.

The Armorial and Crest are those of Hankey quartering Gall, impaling those of Penton. Specifically they are those of Robert Hankey, son of Thomas Hankey, and his wife Anne Penton, daughter of the late Henry Penton of Eastgate House, Winchester, and sometime M.P. for that city. They married in 1764. Anne was the sister of Captain Henry Penton (1736-1812), who succeeded his father as M.P. for Winchester. Henry developed some of the family lands south of Islington into Londons first planned suberb which was duly named after him, this being Pentonville. He appears, however, to have been socially ruined by scandal. He had an affair with his wifes maid, a Miss Judd, causing his wife to leave him. He did, however, manage to marry her in 1808, five days after his wifes death !

Height: 6 inches, 15cm

Length: 10.5 inches, 26.25cm

Width: 8.8 inches, 22cm.

Weight: 76oz the pair