A SET OF THREE GEORGE II SILVER TEA CADDIES by William Grundy, London, 1768

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Lot 27
A SET OF THREE GEORGE II SILVER TEA CADDIES
by William Grundy, London, 1768

US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£ 11,000 - 14,000

European Fine Living

27 Apr 2021, 10:00 PDT

Los Angeles

Property from a Private Collection, Los Altos, California
A SET OF THREE GEORGE II SILVER TEA CADDIES
by William Grundy, London, 1768
With crests of Peter Delmé (1748-1789), in a later silver mounted box; height 6 1/4in (16cm); total silver weight approximately 39oz troy.

Footnotes

  • After the importation of tea into Britain in the 17th century, fascination with Chinese culture and the high cost of tea made the drink into a popular pastime for British society. Silver tea accessories were initially simple, but at the start of the 18th century, Rococo influence gained traction and these ornately decorated tea articles became symbols of class and fashion.

    This George II three-piece tea caddy set by William Grundy (active 1743-1779) is a perfect example of 18th century style. The caddies are of a bombé form and richly embossed. The front panels feature a rococo cartouche with the Delmé family crest and are accented with acanthus leaves. The covers are surmounted by a lion and anchor finial, and the pieces are raised on four openwork feet.

    Peter Delmé (1748-1789) was the son and heir of Peter Delmé (1710-1770), MP for Ludgershall and later Southampton, by his second wife Christian Pain of Eltham Kent. He was the grandson of Sir Peter Delmé (died 1728) of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers and Lord Mayor of London in 1724 who had made a considerable fortune through banking. On the 16th February 1769 he married Lady Elizabeth Howard (1746-1813) the daughter of Henry Howard (1694-1758) 4th Earl of Carlisle. The couple had four sons and a daughter.

    The Delmé family were descended from a Flemish family who moved to England during the reign of Elizabeth I. Peter Delmé was MP for Morpeth and inherited in 1770 the family estates. Unfortunately he squandered much of the family fortune that was largely the result from his grandfather's banking.
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