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FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE 5TH EARL OF CARDIGAN AT DEENE PARK. A very fine & unusual pair of George III Vegetable Dishes & Covers made in London in 1790 by Wakelin & Taylor

£ 8,500

The Dishes have an unusual elongated octagonal form. Each base has a raised rim decorated with an applied gadrooned edge. The unusual high domed pagoda covers rise to an oval platform decorated with gadrooning, which terminates in a reeded ring finial. Both the base and cover are engraved with a contemporary Armorial, with supporters each side, and coronet of an Earl above. The Motto "En Grace Affie - Engrafted into Grace " is engraved on a banner below. The Dishes are fully marked on the base and with the maker's mark, sterling mark and duty mark on the covers. Both the base and covers are also engraved with their original scratch weight and their numbers within the dinner service.

The Arms are those of James Brudenell, 5th Earl of Cardigan, 1725-1811, who inherited the Earldom in 1790 from his brother, George Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu and 4th Earl of Cardigan. He served as Deputy Cofferer of the Royal Household from 1755 to 1760, as Master of the Robes to the Prince of Wales from 1758 to 1760, who ascended as King George III, and as Keeper of the Privy Purse from 1760-1811. In 1791 he was appointed to the prestigious post of Constable and Governor of Windsor Castel. a post he held until his death in 1811. His portrait is shown, as is an image of his seat, Deene Park in Northamptonshire. It was the 7th Earl of Cardigan, an officer in the British Army, who commanded the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. He led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava. Wakelin and Taylor were exceptional silversmiths who were patronised by King George III and the aristocratic families of Great Britain.

Length: 10.45 inches, 26.12cm.
Width: 7.1 inches, 17.75cm.
Height: 5 inches, 12.5cm.
Weight: 70oz, the pair.