Trinity College Dublin interest: A George III Irish silver gilt Presentation Box,  maker and town mark visible, by Æneas Ryan, Dublin circa 1804,

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Lot 265
Trinity College Dublin interest: A George III Irish silver gilt Presentation Box, maker and town mark visible, by Æneas Ryan, Dublin circa 1804,

Sold for £ 4,320 (US$ 6,102) inc. premium

Silver

8 Nov 2005, 11:00 GMT

London, Knightsbridge

Vertu
Trinity College Dublin interest: A George III Irish silver gilt Presentation Box,
maker and town mark visible, by Æneas Ryan, Dublin circa 1804,
of rectangular form with canted corners, the flush hinged cover finely engraved with the arms of Sir Evan Nepean, 1st Baronet, with bright cut floral and ribband border, the sides with fruit and flower garlands with paterae to the corners and vacant laurel cartouches to the ends, the base engraved with the arms of Trinity College Dublin, within a flowerhead and navette bead border, the underside of the cover applied with a paper label, length 8.6cm.

Footnotes

  • Sir Evan Nepean, 1st Baronet (1751-1822) was a British politician and colonial administrator. During his distinguished career he held several important positions. He served as the first effective Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 1782-1791, Under-Secretary of State for War in 1794, secretary to the Board of Admiralty 1795-1804, Chief Secretary for Ireland 1804-1805, Commissioner of the Admiralty, and Governor of Bombay 1812-1819. He was made a baronet in 1802.

    During his time as Chief Secretary of Ireland, Nepean was given the freedom of Dublin and it is likely that he was presented with this box by members of the College in recognition of his freedom.

    The illustrated miniature on ivory of Nepean by Richard Crosse, will be sold in the Fine Portrait Miniatures Sale on 23rd November 2005 at New Bond Street.
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