A Pair of George III Antique English Silver Entrée Dishes

A Pair of George III Antique English Silver Entrée Dishes

London, 1799 by Robert Sharp
$11,500

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Description

Round with gadrooned edges and reeded handles, engraved with a coat of arms and three crests.

The later triple crest is that of Bartlett-Burdett-Coutts for William Bartlett (1851-1921) and his wife Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts (1814-1906). Born William Ashmead-Bartlett in New Jersey, Bartlett moved to England and became secretary to the immensely wealthy philanthropist Baroness Burdett-Coutts; he married her in 1881 and took her surname. The difference in station and age (he was 30, she was 67) caused a scandal, particularly because the Baroness lost 60% of her Coutts inheritance for marrying an alien. The Queen wrote, "Lady Burdett really must be crazy," and Disraeli admitted, "the element of the ridiculous has now so deeply entered her career that even her best friends can hardly avoid a smile by a sigh!" Taking the pretentious title of Mr. William Ashmead Bartlett-Burdett-Coutts and supported by his wife's still considerable fortune, Bartlett soon became a Tory MP, but won little distinction, preferring rather to raise horses.

Dimensions

Size 9''(L)
Weight 73 oz. 18 dwt.
Stock No V7897

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