SOLD - A George III Antique Irish Silver Book-Form Freedom Box

SOLD - A George III Antique Irish Silver Book-Form Freedom Box

Dublin, c. 1770 by Benjamin Stokes

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Description

This is by far the finest and most interesting silver box of any type ever made in Ireland. Provenance, form, history, and condition are all superb.<br /><br />

Engraved on the front with the arms of the Guild of St. Luke, the city guild of cutlers, painter-stainers, and stationers, and on the back with a presentation inscription to William FitzGerald, Marquis of Kildare and later 2nd Duke of Leinster.<br /><br />

William Robert FitzGerald, 2nd Duke of Leinster, KP, PC (1749 - 1804), was an Irish liberal politician, landowner, and the highest ranking nobleman in Ireland. Before inheriting his father's title and estates in 1773, he served as a Member of Parliament for Kildare and Dublin City. He was chosen as Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 1770, appointed High Sheriff of Kildare in 1772, elected as one of the first knights of the newly created order of St. Patrick in 1788, and co-founded the Irish Whig Club in 1789. <br /><br />
 
Provenance: <br />
William, Marquess of Kildare (1748-1804), later 2nd Duke of Leinster, and thence by descent to<br />
Gerald, 8th Duke of Leinster (1914-2004)<br />
Sotheby's, London, 3 May 1984, lot 17. This sale was described in Irish Arts Review as the "finest group of Irish silver and gold freedom boxes ever to come up for auction".<br />
Christie's, London, 13 June 2000, lot 226<br />
S.J. Shrubsole<br />
A European private collection<br /><br />

Literature: <br />
John Culme, British Silver Boxes 1640-1840: The Lion Collection, p. 162-3, no. 180. Also illustrated on the cover, title page and frontispiece.

Dimensions

Size Length: 3.1 in. (7.87 cm.)
Weight 5 oz. 16 dwt.
Stock No V9754

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