Polo interest:- A set of nine Edwardian equestrian statuettes forming a polo game, by Mappin & Webb, 1903/04,

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Lot 129
Polo interest:- A set of nine Edwardian equestrian statuettes forming a polo game, by Mappin & Webb, 1903/04,

Sold for £ 54,970 (US$ 68,350) inc. premium

Fine Silver

25 Jul 2003, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

Polo interest:- A set of nine Edwardian equestrian statuettes forming a polo game,
by Mappin & Webb, 1903/04,
vis. two teams of four and a referee, each modelled to represent an individual, six with polo mallets (two mallets absent), one bare-headed, five with jockey caps, two with solar topis, all in shirt sleeves, except the referee who wears a buttoned-up jacket, broad-brimmed hat and holds the ball in one hand, all the figures are between 23 and 24cm. high and approximately the same length, 236oz. ((9))

Footnotes

  • Provenance:- by descent through the vendor’s family.
    The set was commissioned by Gerald Bell Kingsley of Shaw Wallace & Co., an Irishman who joined the company in March, 1897. He was originally a tea planter in Assam but prior to that, aged 16, joined a sailing ship and spent four years at sea as an apprentice and second mate, disembarking at Calcutta in 1887. He spent the rest of his life in the tea industry, becoming a senior partner in 1911 whilst still in India, returning to England in 1914 to become a Governing Partner in London and Chairman of the India Tea Association.
    He died on 15th May, 1940. Gerald Kingsley became one of the leading sportsmen in India, excelling at polo, tennis and cricket as well as enjoying a formidable reputation as a big game hunter, especially of tigers. He was actively involved in promoting tea drinking in the U.S.A.

Polo interest:- A set of nine Edwardian equestrian statuettes forming a polo game, by Mappin & Webb, 1903/04,
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