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Entree dishes (2)

Object Number: 
1950.255a-d
Date: 
1785/86
Medium: 
Silver, Sheffield plate
Dimensions: 
each overall: 4 x 10 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. ( 10.2 x 26.4 x 22.2 cm ) Silver Weight: ab) 37 oz (troy) 7 dwt (1162 g) Silver
Marks: 
stamped: on the base: "I * Y" in a rectangle in roman letters, a lion passant in a rectangle, crowned leopard's head in a shield, "k" in a chamfered rectangle
Description: 
Pair of silver George III entree dishes with Sheffield plate covers; shallow, oblong bodies with incurved corners and raised sides; cast, applied beaded bands around dish rims; both dishes engraved at center-front with the Lenox family crest, a crowned lion guardant on fess; maker's marks stamped on the bases; Sheffield-plated, domed covers conform with dishes and have applied loop handles with oval joints at center and engraved with Lenox family crest; no maker's marks.
Gallery Label: 
These entree dishes were part of an elaborate silver dinner service of twenty-two matching platters, plates, and dishes, along with an assortment of French, English, and American forks, spoons, and knives, assembled by Robert Lenox (1759-1839), a prominent New York shipping merchant and real estate investor. A silver service of this size was impressive by American standards, and Lenox's purchase probably stood out among those of his peers. As a successful shipping merchant, Lenox had frequent contact with English agents, and could easily have arranged the purchase of the service. As evidenced by the varying date letters, the service was probably not a special order but gathered from stock or acquired over a period of time.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.; Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr. Collection
Provenance: 
Robert Lenox (1759-1839), who married Rachel Carmer (1763-1843); probable descent, to their daughter Rachel Carmer Lenox (b. 1792), who married David Sproat Kennedy (1791-1853); to their son James Lenox Kennedy (1823-1864), who married Cornelia Van Rensselaer (1836-1864); to their son Henry Van Rensselaer Kennedy (1863-1912), who married Marian Robbins (1862-1946); to their daughter Rachel Lenox Kennedy Porter (1887-1962), who married (2nd) Graeme Donald (1884-1928); consigned by Mrs. Graeme Donald to Robert Ensko Inc., New York City; purchased in 1937 by Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr., the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group