♦ THE HUNTLY TESTIMONIAL
A Regency silver ten-light candelabrum centrepiece
Paul Storr for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, London, 1814-15
the triform base on four massive lion's leg supports linked by openwork foliage, inscribed in English and Gaelic below a band of palm and acanthus, applied with three couchant deerhounds on whose backs rests an upper plinth applied on each side with arms and coronets, mounted with three standing kilted Highlanders surrounding a palm-trunk stem rising to a canopy of openwork leaves from which spread three tiers of foliate scroll reeded branches, detachable nozzles, fully marked, and stamped with London signature of Rundell, Bridge and Rundell
101cm high, 56.5cm wide, 847oz all in
Heraldry:
The coronet of a Marquess above a shield quartered 1. GORDON, 2. BADENOCH, 3. SETON, 4. FRASER for George, Marquess of Huntly.
Provenance:
Sotheby's, New York, 14th April 1999 lot 216
Note:
General George Gordon, GCB (1820), Col., Royal Scots Fusiliers and Governor of the Castle of Edinburgh, eldest son of the 4th Duke of Gordon was summoned to Parliament as Lord Gordon of Huntly with the courtesy title of Marquess of Huntly. Born in 1770 and married in 1813 to Elizabeth Brodie, Lord Huntly succeeded as 5th Duke of Gordon in 1827 but died without issue in 1836 when the dukedom became extinct and the Marquessate devolved upon a kinsman.
There is a strong similarity to the design by Flaxman for the candelabrum presented to The Marquess of Salisbury. The classical figures replacing the Highlanders, the stags replacing the deerhounds which are part of the crest
Estimate £60,000-90,000

The coronet of a Marquess above a shield quartered 1. GORDON, 2. BADENOCH, 3. SETON, 4. FRASER for George, Marquess of Huntly.

Provenance;
Sotheby's New York 14th April 1999,
General George Gordon, GCB (1820), Col., Royal Scots Fusiliers and Governor of the Castle of Edinburgh, eldest son of the 4th Duke of Gordon was summoned to Parliament as Lord Gordon of Huntly with the courtesy title of Marquess of Huntly. Born in 1770 and married in 1813 to Elizabeth Brodie, Lord Huntly succeeded as 5th Duke of Gordon in 1827 but died without issue in 1836 when the dukedom became extinct and the Marquessate devolved upon a kinsman.


Sold for £80,450 (buyer's premium included)