A Commonwealth Porringer

A Commonwealth Porringer

Silver
London, date letter indistinct, probably 1658
Maker's mark NB above a mullet and two pellets, probably for Nathaniel Blithe

The arms are those of Bagot of Aughrane Castle, co. Galway, almost certainly for Christopher Neville Bagot

Height: 11.5cm, 4.5 in.
Weight: 441 g, 14 oz 3 dwt
 

The porringer on a spreading base, the circular body chased with circular matted panels between foliage, the bifurcated beaded handles with a bud finial. The porringer engraved with the coat-of-arms of Bagot.

The arms are those of Bagot of Aughrane Castle, co. Galway, almost certainly for Christopher Neville Bagot (1822-1877) of Aughrane Castle, co. Galway. Bagot was the fourth son of Thomas Neville Bagot (1784-1863) of Ard House, Geashill, co. Offaly and Ballymoe, co. Galway. He left Ireland in 1844 and made a fortune in the Australian goldfield. On his return in 1860 he bought Kelly Castle, co. Galway, which he renamed Aughrane Castle. These arms, with the difference of the trefoil and the differently tinctured crest were confirmed on Christopher Bagot.
 

Commandant Leon Hemeleers Shenley (d.1949), 4 Belgrave Square, London, Assistant Military attaché at the Belgian Embassy,
Anonymous sale [Commander Hemeleers Shenley]; Christie's London, 3 July 1929, lot 135 (£353 to Smith).
A Lady; Sotheby's, London, 14 May 1970, lot 168 (£460 to D. S. Runciman).
Mrs Doris Herschorn (d. 1975) and by descent to her son Hugh Sassoon.
Dr. D.M. Mitchell, Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London, Their Lives and Their Marks, Suffolk, 2017, p. 421.
 

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