SOLD - A Pair of Royal Ambassadorial George III Antique English Silver Baskets
A Superb Pair of English Royal Ambassadorial Baskets from the British Embassy in Saint Petersburg.<br /><br />
Provenance: Henry Hobart, 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire (1723-93), Envoy to Russia from 1762-65.<br /><br />
An identical pair of baskets in silver gilt dated 1761 form part of the English Royal 'Coronation Service'. See "George III and Queen Charlotte: Patronage, Collecting and Court Taste, no, 334, pp. 321-2."<br /><br />
Henry Hobart was Member of Parliament for Norwich from 1747 to 1756. He held office as Comptroller of the Household from 1755 to 1756, and as a Lord of the Bedchamber from 1756 to 1767, having succeeded his father as Earl in 1756. He was Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Russia from 1762 to 1765, and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1776 to 1780.<br /><br />
Thomas Helming was appointed Principal Goldsmith to the King in 1760. He was the first working goldsmith to hold this post since the early seventeenth century.
|Size||Length: 16 in. (40.64 cm.)|