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S.J. Shrubsole

Augustine Courtauld

A George II Antique English Silver Salver

The exceptional engraving includes a shepherd and shepherdess flanking the coat of arms.

Diameter: 19"


The arms are those of Lethieullier impaling Salkeld for William Lethieullier (1672-1743) and his second wife Mary Salkeld (1656-?), whom he married in 1719.

William’s father, Sir John Lethieullier, had married Ann, daughter of Sir William Hooker, after whom William was named. The great diarist Samuel Pepys was not complimentary to Hooker who, he complained, “keeps the poorest, mean, dirty table in a dirty house that ever I did see any Sheriff of London, and a plain, ordinary, silly man I think he is, but rich.” But he goes on to say “Only his son, Mr Lethieuillier, I like for a pretty, civil, understanding merchant, and — the more by much — because he happens to be husband to our noble, fat, brave lady [Ann] in our parish that my wife and I admire so.” John Lethieullier was elected Sheriff of London in 1674, knighted that same year, and was an influential member of the Old East India Company.

William’s son, Colonel William Lethieullier, F.A.S., was celebrated as an Egyptian traveller and collector of curiosities, and dying in 1756, bequeathed to the British Museum “a very perfect mummy,” and a curious collection of English antiquities.