SOLD - The Granville-Berkeley Cup: A William III Antique English Silver Covered Mug

SOLD - The Granville-Berkeley Cup: A William III Antique English Silver Covered Mug

London, 1698 by Ralph Leeke

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Description

The arms are those of Carteret impaling Granville, in a lozenge, for Grace Granville, second daughter of the Earl of Bath. The inscription flanking the arms reads "JOHN LORD BERKELEY BOUGHT THIS CUP AT EARL GRANVILLE'S SALE NUNQUAM TE ASPICIAM POST HAC AT CERTE SEMPER AMABO" which has been translated into an English poesy: Never shall I see thee more but evermore I'll love thee sure."<br /><br />

Grace Granville was born about 1667 and married when they were both about 8 years old Sir George Carteret. After his death she was created Viscountess Carteret and Countess Granville in her own right. She died 18 October 1744 and was buried in Westminster Abbey her titles passing to her eldest son John Earl Granville Viscount Carteret and Baron Carteret of Hawnes. He had a distinguished political and diplomatic career: ambassador to Sweden 1719-20 Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland 1724-30 Secretary of State for the North 1741-4 KG 1749 and Lord President of the Council 1751-63. He died at Bath 2nd Jan 1763 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.<br /><br />

John Lord Berkeley John 5th Baron Berkeley of Stratton b. circa 1697 was educated at Christ Church Oxford. He was M.P. for Stockbridge 1735-41 Captain of the Yeoman of the Guard 1743-6 Privy Councillor 1752 Treasurer of the Household 1755-6 Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners 1756-62 and Constable of the Tower of London 1762-70. He died without issue in 1773 when the peerage became extinct. He left his considerable estates including Berkeley Square in London to his kinsman Frederick Augustus Berkeley 5th Earl of Berkeley.<br /><br />

Berkeley and Granville would have moved in the same political and court circles and obviously they were close friends. This cup already a rarity for its form and for having a cover is made rarer still by its having been a relic of the friendship between two such powerful men.

Dimensions

Size Height: 6 in.
Weight 16 oz. 10 dwt.
Stock No V9727

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