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THE DUKE OF LEEDS SECOND COURSE SERVING DISHES. Made in London in 1773 by Andrew Fogelberg.


The Dishes are circular in form and display a raised shaped rim decorated with an applied gadrooned band. The border is engraved with a contemporary Armorial accole, with supporters either side, and the Motto Pax in Bello - Peace in War below and a Ducal Coronet above. The Arms on the dishes are those as used by the Dukes of Leeds. Those on the left are Osborne quartering Godolphin, within the Garter Motto. The accole coat, unusual in English arms, are those of Anguish. Specifically they are those of Francis Goldolphin Osborne KG, 5th Duke of Leeds. He was born in 1751, educated at Westminster School and Christ Church Oxford. M.P. for Eye and Helston, 1774-5, called to the House of Lords in his fathers barony of Osborne of Kiveton in 1776, but known by his courtesy title of Marquis of Camarthen. He was Lord Chamberlain to Queen Charlotte, Privy Council, 1777, and Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire from which he was dismissed for his opposition to Lord North in 1780. He was restored to the Lieutenancy in Rockinghams Ministry and was Ambassador to Paris in 1782. He was appointed Foreign Secretary under Pitt 1783-1791.

In 1772 he married, firstly, Amelia, 9th Baroness Conyers, only daughter and heiress of Robert DArcy, Earl of Holderness and had issue. Upon her fathers death five years later, she inherited Hornby Castle in Yorkshire. The marriage was dissolved by Act of Parliament in 1779 as she eloped with Captain James Byron after their scandalous affair was discovered by the Marquis. Her subsequent trial for adultery ended in their divorce in 1779. She died at the age of 29 and Captain Byron subsequently married Catherine Gordon in 1785. Their first son was to become Lord Byron, the famous poet.

The 5th Duke of Leeds married secondly, Catherine, daughter of Thomas Anguish, an accountant General of the Court of Chancery. They had three children and Catherine died in 1799.

The marriage of Francis Godolphin Osborne and Amelia DArcy, bought together many of the items which were to comprise the Fauconberg & Conyers Collection. The reverse of the dishes is engraved with a small F & C, with a Barons Coronet above, and inventory number of the collection. Andrew Fogelberg is a very sought after maker as he was Master of the great Paul Storr and the quality of his work is exceptionally fine. He had workshops in Church Street, Soho, when these Dishes were made. A painting of the Duke, by Benjamin West, is shown.

Diameter: 10.5 inches, 16.25cm.

Weight: 50oz the pair.