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Our heraldic advisor conducted extensive research into the Armorial and concluded that the Arms and Crest are those of Boydell impaling North, for Josiah Boydell 1752-1817 and his wife Jane, whom he married in 1774, therefore we can conclude that this was probably a wedding present. She was the daughter of Roger North of Rougham, County Norfolk, direct descendant of Francis North, 1st Baron Guildford, who died in 1685. The North's were a distinguished noble family with a Borony of 1554. The Guildford Barony survives as a secondary title of the present 10th Earl of Guildford.
Josiah Boydell was apprenticed to his uncle, John Boydell, 1719-1804, an engraver who ran a large business in London. John Boydell was Sheriff, Alderman and Lord Mayor of London in 1790. Josiah had been instructed in his apprenticeship in painting by Benjamin West, President of the Royal Academy, and in engraving by Richard Earlom. Most importantly, in 1774, the young Josiah was commissioned to make drawings of each of the paintings forming the great collection of Sir Robert Walpole, at Houghton Hall, Norfolk. This was prior to the Collection being sold and shipped en bloc to its purchaser, Catherine the Great of Russia, which was to form the foundations of the Hermitage. It was during this Norfolk sojourn, of 1774, that he met and married Jane North. An important and most interesting provenance.
Height: 12.5 inches, 31.25cm.
Diameter, at the widest point on the main body: 4.75 inches, 11.88cm.
- Most probably a wedding present for Josiah Boydell and Jane North in 1774.
- Private Collection Cape Town, South Africa 1980-1996.
- With Mary Cooke Antiques Limited February, 1997.
- Private Collection, London 1997-2014.
- Exhibited "The Classical Ideal - English Silver, 1760-1840" London, June 2010.
- With Mary Cooke Antiques Limited May 2014.
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