A Victorian Silver Tureen, Cover, and Stand Barnard Bros., London, 1877/79 the oval tureen with applied guilloche band enclosing flowerheads above chased drapery swags, with upturned reeded loop handles, the step domed cover partly gadrooned and with spirally chased bud final, raised on a detachable conforming oval base with gadrooned border, the well engraved with presentation inscription, the cover of the tureen with corresponding arms and supporters under an earl's coronet and crest, with removable silver-plate liner marked on tureen, cover, finial and stand, tureen and cover 1877, stand 1879 130 ozt excluding liner Length over handles of tureen 18 inches, Length of stand 16 inches Estimate $ 10,000-12,000
The engraved inscription on the stand reads: "TO THE Earl of Shannon ON HIS RESIGNING THE MASTERSHIP OF THE V.W.H HOUNDS FROM SOME SINCERE FRIENDS JUNE 1879." Henry Bentinck Boyle was born in London in 1833, son of Richard Boyle, 4th Earl Shannon and his wife Emily Henrietta Seymour. He was educated at Eaton College before serving as Attache to the British envoy at Frankfurt am Main and to the British embassy at Vienna. In 1859 he married Blanche Emma Lascelles, daughter of Henry Lascelles, 3rd Earl of Harewood, and secondly in 1868 to Julia Charlotte Craddock-Hartopp. In the same year he inherited the earldom upon the death of his father.