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THE THIRD DUKE OF MONTROSE. An important & very rare George III Adam Punch Bowl made in London in 1790 by William Pitts.


The Punch Bowl is modelled in the Classical Adam style and is of a large size, standing on a circular pedestal foot decorated with a gadrooned band. The deep circular main body is decorated with a wide band of flat fluting and rises to an everted rim. Both the front and reverse are engraved with a contemporary Armorial, with supporters either side, Motto below and the Coronet of a Duke above, all engraved to the finest standard. Each side also displays a very finely detailed rams head mask, with carrying ring below. Punch Bowls are rare to find in English silver, especially modelled in the Adam style. The Bowl is of the finest quality, is in excellent condition and is fully marked in the foot.

The Arms, Coronet and Motto are those of Graham, Dukes of Montrose, specifically for James Graham the Third Duke, who succeeded his father in 1790. This may well have been commissioned to celebrate his succession. The Third Duke was born in 1755 and was educated at Eton and Trinity College Cambridge. He was M.P. for Richmond 1780-84 and for Great Bedwin 1784-1790. He was Lord of the Treasury 1783-1789, President of the Board of Trade 1789-90, Master of the Horse 1790-95, Paymaster General 1791-1800, Commissioner for Indian Affairs 1790-1802 and Lord Justice General for Scotland 1795-1836.

He was made a KT in 1793 and KG in 1812. He married Jemima Elizabeth, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Ashburnham and, secondly, in 1790, Lady Caroline Maria Montague. He died in 1836 and was succeeded by his eldest son from his second marriage. An image of him, as a young man, is attached.

Height: 7.45 inches, 18.63cm.

Length, handle to handle: 13 inches, 32.5cm.

Weight: 73oz.