A large Victorian  sterling silver  'Bacchic' presentation vase of Welsh colliery interest by Charles Frederick Hancock, London,  1877
Lot 24
A large Victorian sterling silver 'Bacchic' presentation vase of Welsh colliery interest
by Charles Frederick Hancock, London, 1877
Sold for US$ 15,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
Property from the estate of Dorothy B. Warne, Santa Rosa, CA
A large Victorian  sterling silver  'Bacchic' presentation vase of Welsh colliery interest by Charles Frederick Hancock, London,  1877 A large Victorian  sterling silver  'Bacchic' presentation vase of Welsh colliery interest by Charles Frederick Hancock, London,  1877 A large Victorian  sterling silver  'Bacchic' presentation vase of Welsh colliery interest by Charles Frederick Hancock, London,  1877 A large Victorian  sterling silver  'Bacchic' presentation vase of Welsh colliery interest by Charles Frederick Hancock, London,  1877 A large Victorian  sterling silver  'Bacchic' presentation vase of Welsh colliery interest by Charles Frederick Hancock, London,  1877 A large Victorian  sterling silver  'Bacchic' presentation vase of Welsh colliery interest by Charles Frederick Hancock, London,  1877 A large Victorian  sterling silver  'Bacchic' presentation vase of Welsh colliery interest by Charles Frederick Hancock, London,  1877 A large Victorian  sterling silver  'Bacchic' presentation vase of Welsh colliery interest by Charles Frederick Hancock, London,  1877
A large Victorian sterling silver 'Bacchic' presentation vase of Welsh colliery interest
by Charles Frederick Hancock, London, 1877
The Gothic lobed rim above a continuous frieze of a Bacchanalia, over a turned stem and circular foot mounted with putti, with cordiform cartouche engraved with heraldic crest and motto and foot presentation inscription from the 3rd Marquess of Bute to Sir William Thomas Lewis, height 21in (53.25cm); diameter 14 1/4in (36cm); weight approximately 195oz troy.

Footnotes

  • Engraved with the crest of William Thomas LEWIS of Abercanaid House, Merthyr Tydfil, and later of Sengenydd, both in Glamorganshire.

    William T. Lewis was born in 1837, to engineer Thomas William Lewis and his wife Mary Anne. He was educated at a local school run by Taliesin Williams until the age of thirteen when he went on to apprentice to father. In 1855 Lewis became the assistant to W.S. Clark, chief mining engineer of John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute, eventually succeeding him in that position a decade later. Lewis was a transformative force for Bute's interests including Cardiff dock construction, canal purchases and contesting negatively influential parliamentary schemes.

    In 1864, he married Anne Rees, granddaughter of Lucy Thomas, the legendary 'mother of the Welsh steam-coal trade'. Whilst in the employ of the 3rd Marquess of Bute, Lewis acquired sizeable colliery holdings in his own right. Between 1870 and 1880 he purchased pits in the Rhondda and Ogmore valleys, which became known as Lewis Merthyr Consolidated Collieries Limited. He was also the founder of the Monmouthshire and South Wales Coal Association as well as President of the Institute of Mining Engineers and founder and chairman of the South Wales Miners Provident Fund.

    Lewis was knighted in 1885, made a baronet in 1896 and created Baron Merthyr in 1911. He was so personally popular that a sculpture of him by Thomas Brock was erected in Aberdare Park, South Wales, in 1913. Lewis died the following year leaving two sons and six daughters.

    A silver-gilt version of this model, apparently marked for John S. Hunt, engraved with the crest and motto of Christie of Tapley Park, Westleigh, North Devon, sold Sotheby's New York, 26 October 2010, lot 42.
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