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Pair of sauceboats

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1824-1825 (marked)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Farrell, Edward, born 1779 - died 1850 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt,cast and chased

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:MET ANON.1 to 2-2010

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These shell-shaped boats rest on turtles; their handles formed of half-monsters-half men. They were made for Prince Frederick Augustus, Duke of York, younger son of George III. That duke's taste for Baroque revival silver was nurtured by the London dealer Kensington Lewis who retailed work by the goldsmith Edward Farrell.

Physical description

The sauceboats have bodies formed as shells with demi-triton figures beneath the rim and with a winged half monster-half man finial blowing on a conch-shell. The rims are engraved with a crest of a demi lion rampant rising out of a ducal coronet, and further engraved with the Royal crest within the motto of the Order of the Garter with a Royal ducal coronet above.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1824-1825 (marked)


Farrell, Edward, born 1779 - died 1850 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt,cast and chased

Marks and inscriptions

Maker's mark for Edward Farrell; date letter for 1824-5; hallmark for London; sterling mark. Heraldic crest of demi-lion rampant rising out of a ducal coronet and further engraved with the Royal crest within the Garter motto and Royal ducal coronet above.
The crest out of a ducal coronet a demi lion rampant double-queued is identified as that of the Holland or Norton families. It is likely that this represents Sir Henry Holland, Bart M.D., F.R.S., D.C.L. (1788-1873). He was closely associated with the Royal Family having accompanied the Princess of Wales, later Queen Caroline (1768-1821) ill fated wife of King George IV and was later on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837, appointed physician-extraordinary, and in 1840 he became physician-in-ordinary to the Prince Consort. He also enjoyed an income of some £5000 a year. They are likely to have been sold sometime in the 1930s and purchased by Mervy Edward George Rys Wingfield (1872-1952) who made similar purchases at Christie's in July and December 1938.


Height: 22.2 cm, Length: 17 cm, Depth: 10.4 cm

Object history note

A pair from two sets of six 'superb salts, composed of a shell with tritons forming the support and handle, a figure of a tortoise furnishes the plinth' made for Prince Frederick Augustus, Duke of York (1763-1827) who patronized the retailer Kensington Lewis. Lewis's chief silversmith was Edward Farrell.

Historical significance: These sauceboats are a spectacular example of the antiquarian taste for stylistic revivals which was promoted by the dealer Kensington Lewis from his shop in St.James's Street, Westminster, London who was 'silversmith to HRH The Duke of York'. Lewis dealt in antique silver, specializing in elaborately chased and embossed Baroque silver and was associated with the silversmith Edward Farrell from 1816 to 1834. Lewis's business collapsed as a result of debt in 1834.

Historical context note

The collection of Prince Frederick Augustus, Duke of York (1763-1827) was sold after his death at Christie's on 19 March 1827 and the following days. These sauceboats were either lot 85 or 86 in that sale. The identical pair of sauceboats in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston are similarly engraved with the Royal crest and Garter Motto with the Royal duke's coronet above.

The Boston sauceboats were formerly in the collection of Earl Howe and were sold at Christie's London 1 July 1953 and again from the estate of Villiers David on 27 November 1985.

Descriptive line

One of a pair of silver-gilt sauceboats from a larger set made in the Baroque-revival style for Frederick Augustus, Duke of York by the London goldsmith Edward Farrell and retailed by Kensington Lewis in 1824-5

Production Note



Silver; Gold


Casting; Engraving; Mercury-gilding; Chasing

Subjects depicted

Demi-lion; Coronet; Crests


Eating; Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork

Production Type

Limited edition


Metalwork Collection

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