Silver & Objects of Vertu, including the Taylor collection of Indian colonial silver

Silver & Objects of Vertu, including the Taylor collection of Indian colonial silver

Date: 21st Jun, 2023 10:00
Sale number: 21 June 2023
Location: Barley Mow Centre
Lots: 480

The summer silver sale showcases a strong collection of silver from colonial to non-European and 18th century English. The Jeremy Taylor collection of Indian Colonial and Chinese export silver contains rare examples of the colonial forms particular to the British firms producing chiefly in Calcutta and Madras in the first half of the 19th century. Chinese silver is presented with rare mugs tracking the transition from 'China Trade' style to the profusely decorated export style. The Qiu Ji tankard, or covered mug, is an excellent example of a large piece by this important maker.

English silver owned by Royalty and nobility is found throughout the sale and begins with the famous Maharaja Sir Duleep Singh and four potentially unique tea cups and saucers made for the Raja of Coorg, who was so important for the British overthrowing Tipu Sultan. Heraldry of British nobility is engraved for various families including the; Earl of Buckinghamshire, Duke of Leeds, Baroness Windsor, Duke of Argyll, Earl of Perth, Earl of Darnley, Viscount Turnour and the King of Hanover. However, two lots are engraved with the initials of prominent 19th century heiresses, Harriet, Duchess of St Albans and Francis, Marchioness of Londonderry. These pieces are engraved for them as opposed to their noble husbands, demonstrating their prominence in their own right. The final lot of the sale is a precious George II cream jug, directly modelled after a Yixing Zisha example, a wonderful Chinoiserie from the epoch of great transitions in English silver.

Read our blog on Indian Colonial Silver.