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THE SPENCER CHURCHILL VANITY CASE BY GARRARD

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SKU: RM807/DC

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THE SPENCER CHURCHILL VANITY CASE BY GARRARD

£99,500.00

THE SPENCER CHURCHILL VANITY CASE BY GARRARD

Circa 1844
Stock Number: RM807/DC
Height: 9.25 ins / 23.5 cms
Width: 21 ins / 53.34 cms
Depth: 14.25 ins / 36.2 cms
Price: £99500

This brass bound rosewood vanity case is inlaid with the Spencer-Churchill coat of arms which includes the family motto “Fiel Pero Descdichado” (faithful but unfortunate) and signed Spencer-Churchill, Garrards 1844. It was commissioned in 1844 for Jane, Duchess of Marlborough, the great-grandmother of Sir Winston Churchill. Lady Jane Stewart was born in 1798 and was the daughter of George, 8th Earl of Galloway.

She was the first wife of George Spencer-Churchill, (27 December 1793-1st July 1857) 6th Duke of Marlborough (opposite). They married in 1819 and lived in Blenheim Palace. George was also styled the Earl of Sunderland and Marques of Blandford, and served as a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party in Chippenham and Woodstock before succeeding to the Dukedom in 1840. He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire in 1842 and died in 1857. Although being the 6th Duke of Marlborough for 17 years and Sir Winston Churchill’s great grandfather, little else is known about him, as before his death he mysteriously ordered that his personal documents be destroyed.

The case opens to reveal a red velvet lined interior fitted with a collection of thirteen bottles and boxes, including four superb small silver gilt mounts and lid, and eight solid silver gilt boxes of various shapes and sizes. The central tray lifts out to expose a removable pad which contains a selection of fourteen manicure tools and implements with mother of pearl handles, two silver gilt spoons, a charming gilt covered London Almanac and a superb letter opener with a purple glass handle within delicate gilt fretwork.

The lower drawer opens with the key and contains various ivory backed brushes, an ivory comb and hand held mirror, together with two gilt candlesticks which screw onto the back of the open box, just under the hinges. The whole ensemble is beautifully embossed and chased with the Spencer-Churchill coat of arms beneath the ducal coronet within a strapwork cartouche on a punched lattice ground. The original locks are stamped Bramah R&S. Garrard & Co. Crown Goldsmiths & Jewellers, Panton Street, Haymarket, London. Dated 1844.

Footnote:

In 1792 Robert Garrard became a partner in a company of goldsmiths, jewellers and purveyors of luxury items to the aristocracy, which had been founded in 1722 in Threadneedle St, City of London, by George Weekes, The company moved to Panton St, off Haymarket in 1735. Garrard and Sons took sole control of the firm in 1802 and it remained in the hands of the Garrard family until the death of Sebastian Henry Garrard, great grandson of Robert Garrard senior, in 1946. In 1843, Queen Victoria appointed Garrard to the position of crown Jeweller, leading to the production of numerous pieces of silverware and jewellery for the Royal Family, as well as the upkeep of the Crown jewels. Garrard merged with the well known jewellers Asprey in 1998 to become Asprey & Garrard and currently make trophies for many sporting events including the Dubai World Cup, The American’s Cup and the Premier League Trophy. Cases from the Panton Street address are highly prized as they were exclusively, and expensively, produced for Royalty and the aristocracy as we see from the provenance of this case.

Provenance:

Blenheim Palace.
On the Duke’s death the box was handed down to his 5th son (by his 3rd marriage to Jane Francis Clinton Stewart) Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill who was born in 1853. He married Augusta Warburton in 1874 and died in 1911. The box was subsequently left to Lord Edward’s first son Edward George Spencer-Churchill. He was born in 1876 and served as Captain in the Grenadier Guards.

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