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Richard Sibley A Set of Twelve Soup Plates

George III 
London, 1819
Maker’s mark of Richard Sibley

Diameter: 25 cm, 9.8 in.
Weight: 7543 g, 242 oz. 11 dwt.

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Silversmith Biography

Son of John Sibley of Bath in the County of Somerset goldsmith deceased, apprenticed to Fendall Rushworth of Carey Lane London 2 November 1785 and turned over the same day to Daniel Smith of Bartholemew Close Citizen and Merchant Taylor again 2 March 1791 to Robert Sharp Citizen and Goldsmith. Free, 2 October, 1793. Livery, June 1811. First mark entered as plateworker, in partnership with Thomas Ellerton, 14 November 1803. Address: 14 Bartholemew Close. Second mark alone, 11 March 1805, same address. Third mark, in partnership with William Burwash, 7 October 1805, same address. Fourth mark, alone again, 13 July 1812. Address: 30 Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell. His various apprentices included the son of William Burwash in 1806. His work whether alone or in partnership is of a high standard of design and execution in a restrained key of Regency taste.


Of circular form with ribbon-tied reeded rims, the borders engraved with the crest of Sheffield, Baronets of Normanby Hall, Lincolnshire. Eleven of the twelve plates with the maker’s mark of Richard Sibley and one with the maker’s mark C.J. Vanders, 1903; the Sibley plates marked to the undersides with numbers and scratch weights.

A Set of Twelve Soup Plates Reference: 23888.3