A famille rose dish bearing the arms of William Pitt the Elder Circa 1772
Lot 308
A famille rose dish bearing the arms of William Pitt the Elder
Circa 1772
Sold for £2,125 (US$ 2,750) inc. premium

Asian Art

18 Nov 2015, 11:00 GMT

Edinburgh

Lot Details
A famille rose dish bearing the arms of William Pitt the Elder Circa 1772 A famille rose dish bearing the arms of William Pitt the Elder Circa 1772 A famille rose dish bearing the arms of William Pitt the Elder Circa 1772
A famille rose dish bearing the arms of William Pitt the Elder
Circa 1772
Enamelled to the centre with the arms of Pitt impaling Grenville within a plain band, the crest and crowned initials at cardinal points on the rim spaced by floral sprays,
22.8cm diameter

Footnotes

  • Provenance; An English single owner collection.

    William Pitt (1708-1778), was the informal leader of the British cabinet from 1756-1761 and lead the Whig government as Prime Minister and Lord Privy seal between 1766-1768.

    The grandson of Thomas "Diamond" Pitt, Governor of Fort St. George in the East Indies, William Pitt served in the army before being elected to Parliament in 1735 for the rotten borough of Old Sarum. In 1755 he married Hester, daughter of Richard Grenville and Hester, Viscountess Cobham. In 1756 Pitt was named Secretary of State and in 1761 his wife became Baroness of Chatham but Pitt remained in the House of Commons as Prime Minister.

    Eventually in 1766, 'the Great Commoner' was elevated to the peerage as Viscount Pitt and Earl of Chatham. In 1778, Pitt collapsed in the House of Lords and died soon after. His son, William Pitt the Younger, went on to become Prime Minister.

    An example from this service is held in the V&A (no. C.71-1932). For another example of this service see Howard, 1974, p. 404.
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