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The Milton Abbey Canape Dishes. A very fine pair of George II Canape Dishes made in London in 1752 by Peter Taylor


The Dishes are of an unusually small size, are oval in form and rise to a shaped rim decorated with gadrooning. The border is engraved, on one side, with a contemporary Armorial, Motto, supporters and Coronet above. The outer side of the border is engraved with a contemporary Crest, with Coronet above. The Dishes are of an unusual size, ideal for serving canapes, and are in quite excellent condition. Each is very well marked on the reverse and display their engraved scratch weight and number within the dinner service.

The Arms, Crest and Motto are those of Damer, impaling Sackville, for Joseph Damer, M.P. for Weymouth, 1741, Bramer, 1747 and Dorchester, 1752. He was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland in 1753 as Baron Milton and to the Peerage of Great Britain in 1753, as Baron Milton of Milton Abbey, County Dorset. In 1742 he married Lady Caroline Sackville, only surviving daughter of Lionel, 1st Duke of Dorset. Lord Milton was further advanced in the peerage as Viscount Milton and Earl of Dorchester in 1792. He died in 1798 and was succeeded by his son George, the 2nd Earl who died without issue in 1808. An image of their seat, the magnificent Milton Abbey, is attached as well as a painting of the 2nd Duke. Peter Taylor was an exceptional silversmith. A.G. Grimwade in, London Goldsmiths 1697-1837, states that Taylors work is rare and, when found, shows a high standard of craftsmanship coupled with a nice use of Rococo ornament.

Length: 11.8 inches, 29.5cm.
Width: 8.5 inches, 21.25cm.
Weight: 44oz.