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Pair George III sauce boats London circa 1770 George Coyte Gainsborough

A pair of George III sauceboats with flying handles, gadrooned borders and cast legs by GC of London (attributable to George Coyte of London) circa 1770.
Price: £1950.00

This model of sauce boat has been noted by leading largeworker William Cripps (d. 1766) and it has been noted that after his death in 1766 his business was taken over by George Coyte (1717-1782).

George Coyte is relatively little known and was the son of Suffolk vicar, the Reverend William Coyte . Among William Coyte's congregation were the family of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) and it was noted in Gainsborough's obituary that when he came to London 'the person at whose house he principally resided was a silversmith of some taste; and from whom he was ever ready to confess he derived great assistance'. George Coyte was apprenticed to local silversmith Peter Rogers of Bury St. Edmunds in 1731 and later moved to London but there is no mark for him in the extant registers. He was certainly in London by 1761 when he gained his freedom of the Goldsmiths' Company by Redemption and took his son as a legal apprentice. In 1772 Coyte is recorded in the Rate Books as living in Bridges Street, Covent Garden and having premises in the Strand. On his death in 1782 Coyte had recently married his housekeeper who continued the business and supplied the mourning rings presented under Gainsborough's will 6 years later.

Coyte left 381 prints and inked copies of engraving from pieces of silver (now in the Victoria and Albert Museum Print Room) but arguably his greatest claim to fame is the portrait of him painted by Gainsborough in 1780, and exhibited at the Royal Academy in the same year. It is now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Price: SOLD
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