A George III Royal Tray
Maker’s mark of Joseph Preedy
Length: 66.75cm, 26.2in
Width: 44cm, 17.3in
Weight: 6,540g,210oz 4dwt
Of oval outline, with basket weave pattern sides, rope twist handles and rim, engraved to the centre with coats-of-arms each within a garter and below a coronet.
This massive silver-gilt tray was supplied by the Royal retailers Rundell, Bridge & Rundell for presentation by George III to his godson when ten years old. Sackville had succeeded as Duke of Dorset a few years before at the age of six.
'Given by his most excellent Majesty George the III, to his Godson, George John Frederick Sackville, Duke of Dorset, Born Novr.15, 1793'.
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Given by King George III to his godson, George, 4th Duke of Dorset
The Al-Tajir Collection
Christie's Review of the Season, 1987, Charles Truman.
The Glory of the Goldsdmith: Magnificent Gold & Silver from the Al-
Tajir Collection, 1989, p. 151, no 113
Christopher Hartop, Royal Goldsmiths: The Art of Rundell & Bridge 1797-1843, 2005, p.50 fig. 40 and p. 148, no 4
Royal Goldsmiths: The Art of Rundell & Bridge 1797-1843 Koopman Rare Art, 14th June - 1st July 2005Description
George John Frederick Sackville, 4th Duke of Dorset (15 November 1793 – 14 February 1815), styled Earl of Middlesex until 1799, was a British nobleman.
The only son of John Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset and his wife Arabella, he was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford, receiving a MA from the latter on 30 June 1813.
He was appointed High Steward of Stratford-on-Avon, and was commissioned a captain of the local militia on 27 April 1813. On 26 July 1813, he was made lieutenant-colonel commandant of the Sevenoaks and Bromley battalion of militia. However, he died in February 1815, of a fall from his horse while hunting on Killiney Hill in County Dublin, and was succeeded as duke by his cousin Charles Sackville-Germain. His estate of Knole passed to his sister Elizabeth Sackville-West, Countess De La Warr.
Son of the Rev. Benjamin Preedy of St. Albans in the County of Hertford clerk, apprenticed to Thomas Whipham 2 October 1765 and turned over 9 June 1766 to William Plummer of Gutter Lane goldsmith, Citizen and Clothworker on consideration of £21. Free, 4 August 1773 as plateworker. First mark entered as plateworker, 3 February 1777. Address: Westmoreland Buildings, Aldersgate Street. Second mark, in partnership with William Pitts, 11 January 1791. Address: Litchfield Street, St. Ann's, 3 August 1795. The partnership was apparently dissolved by 21 December 1799 when Pitts entered a single mark. Third mark alone, 20 January 1800. Address: 8 Great Newport Street. Heal records all the above addresses and dates, and also Preedy alone in Litchfield Street in 1791, the year of the commencement of the partnership with Pitts.