A new world record was set at Bonhams in London when a George III Irish silver dish ring sold for £26,875. The price is inclusive of buyer’s premium. The piece had been estimated at £7,000-9,000. The auction house would say only that it was sold to an overseas buyer. It is the most expensive item of its type ever sold at auction.
Made by Charles Townsend of Dublin it is decorated in the Chinoisere manner. It bears arms engraved on a lozenge for Lady Elizabeth Cox, daughter of Hugh, 1st Baron Massy of Duntrileague, and widow of the Revd. Sir Michael Cox, 3rd Baronet of Castletown, County Kilkenny who died in 1772.
The waisted sides are pierced with fine fretwork. There is a continuous band of pierced and engraved decoration depicting a satyr atop a plinth, a “flaming” scrollwork urn, two gentleman; one wearing Chinese attire peering out of a pagoda window and the other perched on a watery scroll. Dish rings are used to prevent hot dishes making contact with the dining table. This one weighs just 11 ozs.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for October 11)