The Sedbergh Goblet. A Beilby enamelled opaque-twist goblet circa 1760-65

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Lot 66
The Sedbergh Goblet. A Beilby enamelled opaque-twist goblet
circa 1760-65

Sold for £ 18,600 (US$ 23,294) inc. premium
The Sedbergh Goblet. A Beilby enamelled opaque-twist goblet
circa 1760-65
The large ogee bowl inscribed Succefs to Sedbergh within a leaf scroll cartouche all in opaque-white, the reverse with a butterfly, set on a double-series stem and conical foot, 18cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Christie's, 23 May 1989, lot 225 and 10 July 2007, lot 272

    Sedbergh, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, is a town that has prospered on the sale and manufacture of wool and woollen goods from mediaeval times. The sentiment on the present lot may be linked, however, to the Parliamentary Election in Westmorland of 1761 between Sir James Lowther and John Upton of Ingmire Hall. Although a Yorkshire town, Sedbergh looked more towards to the adjacent county of Westmorland. Ingmire Hall is on the outskirts of Sedbergh. The Lowthers owned land nearby. Whilst clearly Sedbergh landowners could not have voted directly in the Westmorland elections, there could well have been indirect influences and Land Holdings that spanned both counties. It is therefore possible that this glass was used as an electioneering goblet in which Upton sought support locally for his candidacy.

    The cartouche is similar in style to that used on the Clavering Goblet, enamelled by the Beilby workshop, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by Rush (1973), p.113, no.64. This too is an electioneering goblet for Sir Thomas Clavering Bart who fought for the constituency of Durham in the same General Election of 1761.
The Sedbergh Goblet. A Beilby enamelled opaque-twist goblet circa 1760-65
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