A William IV ivory-mounted sterling silver two-handled oval footed tray by Robert Garrard II, London, 1836
Lot 1296Y
A William IV ivory-mounted sterling silver two-handled oval footed tray
by Robert Garrard II, London, 1836
Sold for US$ 40,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
Property from a Noble Family
A William IV ivory-mounted sterling silver two-handled oval footed tray
by Robert Garrard II, London, 1836
The pierced rim cast and chased with flowering foliate clasps entwined with strapwork surrounding a field engraved with foliate sprays and C-scrolls centering an elaborate coat-of-arms, with carved handles to sides, the underside supported with a mahogany panel and raised on bun feet, total gross weight approximately 342oz troy
height 3in (7.5cm); length 32 1/2in (82.5cm); depth 26 3/4in (68cm)
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  • Engraved with an impaled coat of arms bearing the quartered coat for Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1808-1879) on the husband's (viewer's left) side and the same quartered shield for his cousin and bride, Charlotte von Rothschild (1819-1884), at right. The couple married on 15 June 1836.

    In 1838 Queen Victoria permitted London-born Lionel Rothschild to accept the dignity of Baron of the Austrian Empire and to bear the associated arms. Thereafter he was at the spearhead of a concerted effort in the House of Commons to overcome the legal disability of Jews to sit in Parliament. Repeatedly returned by voters of the City of London in eleven years of elections, Baron Rothschild finally gained admission to the House in 1858 with an amendment "so help me Jehovah" to the Christian oath of loyalty.

    The eldest of four brothers, Lionel inherited his father's confident and competent management of Rothschild's London bank. During his lifetime, the bank arranged eighteen British government loans, included those for Irish famine relief. The Rothschilds raised the capital for the government to finance the Crimean War and to purchase the Suez Canal. Further funds were raised to facilitate French indemnity following the Franco-Prussian War, and to finance the French Great Northern Railway.

    Support for horse racing and their great practical philanthropy brought Baron Rothschild, his wife and five children wide popularity in society. Sir Nathan Mayer Rothschild, their eldest son, known as "Natty," was ennobled after twenty years in the House of Commons and became the first Jew to sit in the House of Lords. He married the German Emma von Rothschild. Daughters Leonora and Evelina also married within the large Rothschild family. One year into marriage Evelina died in premature labor; the still-flourishing Evelina Hospital for Sick Children was founded in her memory.
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