A pair of Important Regency  sterling silver  covered entrée dishes on Sheffield plated stands from the Foley service by Benjamin Smith III, London,  1819
Lot 480
A pair of Important Regency sterling silver covered entree dishes on Sheffield plated stands from the Foley service
by Benjamin Smith III, London, 1819
US$ 20,000 - 30,000
£15,000 - 22,000

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A pair of Important Regency  sterling silver  covered entrée dishes on Sheffield plated stands from the Foley service by Benjamin Smith III, London,  1819 A pair of Important Regency  sterling silver  covered entrée dishes on Sheffield plated stands from the Foley service by Benjamin Smith III, London,  1819
A pair of Important Regency sterling silver covered entree dishes on Sheffield plated stands from the Foley service
by Benjamin Smith III, London, 1819
Each with distinctive rose and floral encrusted decoration, lids engraved on either side with a coat-of-arms and motto, the dishes similarly engraved, overall height 11in (28cm); width over handles 14in (35.5cm); depth 9 3/4in (24.75cm); total silver weight approximately 182oz troy.

Footnotes

  • Photo of Prestwood Hall courtesy of www.lostheritage.org.uk

    Engraved with the arms of FOLEY of Kidderminster, Worcestershire quartering HODGETTS of Prestwood, Buckinghamshire for John Hodgetts Hodgetts-Foley (17 July 1797 – 13 November 1861) of Prestwood Hall (then in Kingswinford, and now in Kinver) in Staffordshire. Hodgetts-Foley was an MP for Droitwich and East Worcestershire.

    John Hodgetts Hodgetts-Foley was the second son of the Hon. Edward Foley of Stoke Edith, Herefordshire and his wife Eliza Maria Foley Hodgetts (m. 21 March 1790), daughter and heiress of John Hodgetts of Shut End House. Hodgetts-Foley inherited the Prestwood estate from his mother, whose mother Eliza Foley was a descendant of Philip Foley, ironmaster and MP for Bewdley, Stafford and Droitwich.

    Philip Foley inherited the property from his father, ironmaster Thomas Foley, who purchased it from the son of Sir Edward Sebright, 1st Baronet, some time after 1625. Philip Foley rebuilt the main house as a mansion, which remained the family home of his descendants for over 250 years. The estate was acquired by John Hodgetts Hodgetts-Foley who then passed the property to his son Henry Hodgetts-Foley. Henry's son Paul Henry Foley inherited the Prestwood Estate in 1861 and subsequently sold all of it off in parcels at auction between 1913 and 1919. The main house was destroyed by a fire and ultimately razed in 1921-23.

    The floral border of these dishes and lids is specific to a service Benjamin Smith III produced for the Foley family. Additional elements from this service were sold Sotheby's New York 13 October 2007, lot 69 - a set of twelve silver-gilt dinner plates; 16 April 2005, lot 237 - a pair of meat platters and domes. Smith's father, Benjamin Smith II along with his partner, Digby Scott provided a wonderful set of four Egyptian revival silver-gilt wine coolers to Hodgetts-Foley's relative, Thomas Foley, 3rd Baron Foley of Kidderminster for Witley Court, Worcestershire.
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