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An important and exceptionally rare pair of George III Serving Dishes, Dividing Plates and Covers made in London in 1803 by Thomas Ellerton & Richard Sibley I.


The Dishes have a deep circular base, with pleated sides, and a shaped gadrooned rim, with unusual side handles attached to the main body with acanthus leaf mouldings. The base is crisply engraved with a shield shaped Armorial and Crest above. Most unusually, the dishes have a dividing plate, with pleated sides, the centre engraved with a set of contemporary initials around the Red Hand of Ulster, within a shield. The very unusual, high domed, covers terminate in a crossed branch finial, decorated with reeding. The front of each cover is engraved with the same Armorial and Crest, as seen on the base. The Arms, Crest and initials are those of Hodson (Baronet) quartering Adair and impaling Neville, for Sir Robert Hodson, 1st Baronet, created 1789, and his first wife Anne, daughter of Forster Adair, MP, of Holybrooke House, County Wicklow, who died with no surviving issue. They impale those of his second wife, Jane, daughter of Brent Neville, of Ashbrook, County Dublin, by whom he did have surviving issue. Despite his first wifes death he inherited Holybrooke through his maternal descent through the Adairs.

These are some of the most unusual dishes we have ever offered and very few have dividing plates. They could be used, with the plates, to serve two different types of vegetables, one underneath and one on top or indeed without and the dishes would hold a large quantity of food. The dividers could also be used a s serving plates on the table, and they provide a lot of serving variations from the two dishes. All pieces are in excellent condition and all pieces are fully marked. Ellerton and Sibley are very scarce makers, but obviously produced quality pieces.

Length, handle to handle: 14 inches, 35cm.

Height: 6 inches, 15cm.

Weight: 143oz, the pair.