A George III Silver-Gilt Cup & Cover
A George III Silver-Gilt Cup & Cover

ROBERT SHARP (died 1803)

A George III Silver-Gilt Cup & Cover

1799 United Kingdom

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A George III silver-gilt cup & cover, London 1799, maker’s mark of Robert Sharp. Retailed by Green & Ward.
Urn form, spreading base with a band of overlapping stiff leaves, the lower body applied with a calyx of stiff leaves, one side with a tied laurel wreath enclosing a coat-of arms, the other an inscription, with angular reeded handles, the domed cover with a similar band of overlapping stiff leaves and calyx topped by a tassel finial and engraved with another coat-of arms and motto on one side and a crest, coronet and helm on the other, marked on base and cover, also with retailers mark Green & Ward Fecit.
The inscription reads: “Presented by the Governor & Company of merchants of England trading into the Levant Seas to SIR JOHNCOX HIPPISLEY BART, as a memorial if the high sense they entertain of his unremitting attention to an Act of Parliament obtained for regulating the performance if Quarantine July 30th 1799”
Sir John Coxe Hippisley (1748-1825) was a active Politian and writer who travelled widely in service of the British government. He was the son of William HIppisley of Yatton, Somerset and Anne Webb of Cromhall, Gloucestershire. On the recommendation of Lord North, first lord of the treasury, the directors of the East India Company appoi8nted him the paymaster at Tanjore, India, in 1786 where he served with the distinction during the war with Hyder Ali and his son Tippo. Hippisley resided in Italy from 1792 to 179 and successfully negotiated the marriage of the reining Duke of Wurtemberg with Princess Royal of England. For this service, he was created a baronet on the 30 of April 1796. While in Italy, he also acted as liaison between George III and the impecunious last survivor of the Stuarts, Cardinal York, successfully pressing the Cardinal’s claims for relief. Hippisley served as a member of Parliament for Sudbury from 1790-1796, and from 1802-1819. He was a vigorous supporter of Roman Catholic emancipation and wrote several tracts about the policy.
The cup and cover are stamped with the retailer’s mark of Green & Ward. Established in 1789, Green & Ward quickly rose to rival the firm of Rundells & Bridge by the turn of the centenary. Paul Storr worked for them in the 1780s. The firm supplied the Wellington Sheidl, designed by Thomas Stothard and made by Benjamin Smith in 1822, which was presented to the Duke of Wellington by the merchants and bankers of London. Green & Ward also supplied the silver-gilt candelabra of 1816, made by Benjamin Smith, to the Duke of Wellington. Both are now at Apsley House. Hyde Park Corner, London .
Collection of S. Bulgari, Rome
Height 40.50 cm (15.94 inches)
Weight 2889.00g (92.89oz t)
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