Dinner plates (12)

Dinner plates (12)
Title
Dinner plates (12)
Date 
1785/86, 1786/87
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
each overall: 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. ( 1.9 x 24.8 cm ) Silver Weight: e) 17 oz (troy) 6 dwt (538 g) Silver Weight: f) 17 oz
Description 
Twelve wrought silver dinner plates; circular with raised sides and shaped, five lobed edges with applied, cast beaded bands; each engraved with the Lenox family crest, a crowned lion passant on fess; maker's marks stamped on the bases.
Credit Line 
Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.; Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr. Collection
Object Number 
1950.255e-p
Marks 
Stamped on reverse sides of all dishes: "I * Y" in roman letters in rectangular surround; lion passant in shield surround; crowned leopard's head in shield surround; portrait bust of king in oval surround. Date/letter "k" in shield surround stamped on plates "e"-"n". Date/letter "l" stamped on plates "o" and "p".
Gallery Label 
These plates were part of an elaborate silver dinner service of twenty-two matching platters, plates, and dishes, along with an assortment of French, English, and American forks, spoons, and knives, assembled by Robert Lenox (1759-1839), a prominent New York shipping merchant and real estate investor. A silver service of this size was impressive by American standards, and Lenox's purchase probably stood out among those of his peers. As a successful shipping merchant, Lenox had frequent contact with English agents, and could easily have arranged the purchase of the service. As evidenced by the varying date letters, the service was probably not a special order but gathered from stock or acquired over a period of time.
Provenance 
Robert Lenox (1759-1839), who married Rachel Carmer (1763-1843); probable descent, to their daughter Rachel Carmer Lenox (b. 1792), who married David Sproat Kennedy (1791-1853); to their son James Lenox Kennedy (1823-1864), who married Cornelia Van Rensselaer (1836-1864); to their son Henry Van Rensselaer Kennedy (1863-1912), who married Marian Robbins (1862-1946); to their daughter Rachel Lenox Kennedy Porter (1887-1962), who married (2nd) Graeme Donald (1884-1928); consigned by Mrs. Graeme Donald to Robert Ensko Inc., New York City; purchased in 1937 by Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr., the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group