English sterling Portland vase, John Samuel Hunt London, dated 1846
handled vasiform body chased depicting extensive continuous scene of seven humans and Gods in landscape; and disk base with portrait of Paris. Scene one is story of the Emperor Augustus' supposed siring by the god Apollo in the form of a snake; scene two is divinatory dream by Hecuba that the Judgment of Paris would lead to the destruction of Troy. Neck with complete hallmarks including maker's mark; top rim inscribed: Presented by Lady Caroline Lascelles to James N. Merriman, 2nd July 1851.
H12 1/2", and 61.8oz

Provenance: Property from a Camden, South Carolina private collection.

Literature: Culme, John. THE DIRECTORY OF GOLD & SILVERSMITHS JEWELLERY & ALLIED TRADERS, 1838-1914. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antiques Collectors' Club, 2000. Vol.1 pp.245-7, 393; and Vol.2 pp.160.

Other Notes: The intriguing inscription on this vase is from Lady Caroline Lascelles, nee Lady Caroline Georgina Howard, granddaughter of Georgina Spencer (Cavendish) the Duchess of Devonshire; given to William Nathaniel Merriman. Dr. Merriman was a surgeon and apothecary to Queen Victoria, and interestingly Lady Caroline's daughters were Maids of Honour to the Court of Queen Victoria. The presentation date of this extraordinary vase coincidentally coincides with the death of Lady Caroline's husband The Hon. William Lascelles. It is presumed it was a token of gratitude from Her Ladyship to the good doctor.

  • Very good original condition.

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