The October 23rd Silver & Objects of Vertu auction will contain a broad range of items from British, Continental and American silver as well as gold boxes and fine small items.

Highlights include an impressive and large salver by specialist producer Elizabeth Jones as well as an important soup tureen by famed maker Paul Storr bearing the arms of the Montefiore and Cohen families, essential figures in the history of British Judaism.


For a selection of highlights see below, full catalogue to be uploaded soon.

Close of Consignments – September 4th

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A pair of George III antique sterling silver tea caddies, London 1785 by TH, possibly Thomas Hemming

Each of oval form with beaded borders, the lids with stand-away hinges raised by ring attachments. Each engraved to the lid ‘Green’ and ‘Bohea’. Engraved to the front with a crest of a griffin statant with wings elevated on of maintenance (chapeau), beneath of Baron’s coronet surrounded my mantling. Each with later keys. Fully marked to base, lids with maker’s mark and lion passant only. (2)

Length – 9.9 cm / 4 inches

Weight – 348 grams / 11.19 ozt


The crest is for Craven, for William Craven 6th Baron Craven (1738-1791) of Belham Park, who in 1780 built Craven Cottage in Fulham.

Jewish Interest – A George IV antique sterling silver soup tureen, London 1823 by Paul Storr

of rectangular form with curbed sides and an acanthus scroll and shell rim. Raised on four lion paw feet with acanthus junctions, the twin handles with shell terminals and lion mask junctions. The stepped lid with gadrooned decoration against a matted ground, the handle with lion head junctions upon an acanthus calyx. Engraved either side with a marshalled coat of arms above the motto All For The Best. Fully marked underneath and part marked to lid underside and calyx.

Length – 43.5 cm / 17.1 inches

Weight – 4246 grams / 136.51 ozt


The arms are for Cohen impaling Montefiore

For Benjamin Cohen (1789 – 1867) and Justina Montefiore (1795-1873), married 3rd March 1819

Benjamin Cohen was the son of Levi Barent Cohen, a successful Dutch born British financier and merchant. Justina the daughter of Joseph Elias Montefiore and Rachel De Mattos Mocatta.

Justina was sister to the celebrated Sir Moses Montefiore (1784 – 1885) an important Italian and British Sephardic Jew, whose efforts in financing and philanthropy are seen as pivotal to the development of Proto-Zionism. Benjamin was brother to Judith Cohen, Sir Moses’s wife who was paramount to the philanthropic efforts of her husband raisng awareness of Jewish suffering worldwide. Benjamin’s other sister Hannah was married to Nathan Mayer Rothschild and her brother Abraham was married to Nathan’s sister Henriette Rothschild.

The Cohen – Montefiore – Rothschild marriages became the most important Jewish families in Britain.

A near identical tureen to the present lot is known with the same coat of arms, however the lid handle is formed as a stag’s head with a rose in the mouth. The exact form of handle is found on many Storr pieces and also on an entrée dish and cover marked for London 1818 by Phillip Rundell bearing the arms of John Frewen Esq., of Brickwall House (Mary Cooke Antiques).

There are other recorded examples of tureens from the Montefiore / Cohen families;

A soup tureen bearing the marriage arms of Abraham Montefiore and Henriette Rothschild, London 1837 by Robert Garrard was sold Christie’s, Important Silver & Objects of Vertu, New York, 19th October 2012 ($50,000 premium inclusive), similarly a pair of sauce tureens from this marriage of London 1813 by Craddock & Reid (Private Collection).

Also, a George IV dinner set, London 1829 by Benjamin Smith bearing the arms of Nathan Mayer Rothschild and Hannah Cohen, Christies Important Silver, London 14th June 2005 Lot 120 (£44,400 premium inclusive)

An exceptional and large George III antique sterling silver salver, London 1787 by Elizabeth Jones

Of square form with re-entrant corners and a reeded edge, raised upon four curved reeded bracket feet. The field with engraved decoration of four cartouches depicting male and female masks as allegories of the seasons reserved in stylised foliate scrolls and shells interspaced with floral spray cartouches similarly reserved connected by rusticated strapwork with foliate motifs. The centre engraved with a crest of on a chapeau gules turned up argent a greyhound sejant erm. Fully marked to the reverse and with scratch weight 19-18.

Length – 49 cm / 19.25 inches

Weight – 2860 grams / 91.95 ozt


The crest is that of the Hall family of London and Laventhorpe / Leventhorpe, Yorkshire

The Halls were a prominent Yorkshire family which included Henry Hall (1541-1620) who was Lord Mayor of York, the descendants are listed as connected to Leventhorpe Hall, where a Henry Hall (1698-1762) ‘through gambling and other means he lost all the family property except a part known as “Hall’s Close”. This was left to his son John Hall (1734-1807), who due to misfortunes had to part ways with it. (Jordan,W. J., Colonial and revolutionary families of Pennsylvania; genealogical and personal memoirs, New York 1911, p.18-19)

Elizabeth Jones registered her mark on January 15th 1783 of Bartholomew Close, she is believed to be the widow of Robert Jones. She specialised in the production of waiters, salvers and trays. A waiter with the very rare duty drawback mark is recorded (The Arthur Holder Collection, Wooley and Wallis 25th October 2016, lot 383) showing that the business sold abroad. A tray is shown in the collection of The National Museum of Women in the Arts, see Women Silversmiths 1685 -1845 P49.

While a small amount of chambersticks and candlesticks are known bearing her mark the overwhelming aspect of her oeuvre appears to be oval and circular salvers, most commonly with a plain field or relatively simple engraved decorative bands. The present lot is exceptional on a multitude of fronts given the known corpus of surviving examples. This appears to be the only known example of a square salver by Jones, dating to a time when neoclassical design had led to much simplification of forms and ornament within silverware of the 1780’s, the square salver being most commonly encountered in the 1720’s-40’s. The anachronistic elements of the design of this salver can also be seen in the engraved decoration found upon the field, this rococo type ornament would more commonly have been found earlier in the 18th century when the square form was most popular. Similar large shells interspaced with masks can be seen on a rectangular salver of 1726 by Paul de Lamerie in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts (Page 424 & 425). The extent to which both the shape and ornament depart from Elizabeth Jones more usual production may be explained by the present example being made to complement existing silver already owned by the family, or as patrons perhaps did not care much for fashionable Neoclassical trends.

This also represents one of the largest known pieces of silver by Jones, a 56cm long oval twin handled tray on four feet also of 1787 bearing the arms of Lund was sold Bonhams New Bond Street 22nd November 2006 Lot 172.

A George II antique sterling silver butter shell, London 1742 by Peter Archambo I

Of conventional plain shell form, the rim engraved with a crest of a stag trippant sable. Fully marked to the reverse.

Length – 11.8 cm / 4.7 inches

Weight – 159 grams / 5.11 ozt


The crest is for Roberts, motto: successus a deo est

An early George III antique sterling silver sugar vase, London 1760 by Pierre Gillois

The body of ovid form upon a single circular foot with fluted stem and rope and reeded base. Applied ornament to upper rim of splayed shells connected by four outstretched handles. The removable domed blind lid with matted pyriform finial. Engraved to the side with a crest of a lion couchant upon a chapeau all below a baron’s coronet.  Fully marked to base edge and lion passant and maker’s mark only to lid flange, also engraved with number and scratch weight – ‘No 1 18.18.0’.

Height – 15 cm / 6 inches

Weight – 510 grams / 16.4 ozt


The crest is for Harbord

For either; Sir William Harbord (1696-1770) 1st Baronet and MP for Dunwich between 1738-1741 and for Bere Alston in 1734 and 1741 -1754, or his son Sir Harbord Harbord (1734-1810) who was created Baron Suffield in 1786 acting as MP for Norwich between 1756-1786, the family home was Gunton Hall, Norfolk.

A tea urn bearing the arms of William Assheton Harbord (1766-1821) 2nd Baron Suffield, marked for London 1788 by Andrew Fogelberg & Stephen Gilbert was offered in Sotheby’s Important Silver 11th November 1982, Lot 54.

A set of three vases of very similar design is shown in Waldron, P., Price Guide to Antique Silver. 1982 (fig. 997. page 307).

A large pair of George III antique sterling silver candlesticks, Birmingham 1809 by Matthew Boulton 
the stepped bases of circular form with gadrooning and stylised decorative bands, the column with stylised gadrooning half-decoration, the capital with stylised acanthus above a knop with egg and dart border. Each with a removable circlular sconce with egg and dart border. Filled. Fully marked to each base and to each sconce, with additional incuse markings ’18’ and ’17:15′ respectively. (2)
Height – 34 cm / 13.4 inches


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