EDINBURGH. A rare George III Decanter Stand made by Robert Gray & Son of Glasgow and assayed in Edinburgh in 1810.
This piece stands on three scroll feet decorated with linear bands. The main body is circular in form with a raised rim decorated with gadrooning. The centre is beautifully engraved with an Armorial, with Crest above, and Motto below all surrounded by a foliate scroll cartouche. The Arms are those of John Foster of Queensbury, Bradford. Foster founded his firm of alpaca and mohair weavers and traded from the Black Dike Mill in Queensbury employing 1500 hands. They were later awarded first prize for alpaca at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and they built their own Albert Memorial in Queensbury in 1863. He also built and endowed churches etc. Foster's grand-daughter married the 3rd Marquis of Normandy, although by that time they had eased themselves into the landed gentry by purchasing the Stockeld Park estate, near Wetherby, from the ancient Middleton family. Scottish Decanter stands are rare and this piece is in excellent condition. Robert Gray is often referred to as The Paul Storr of the North.
Diameter: 5.5 inches, 13.75cm.