Fifty-six works from the Vaughan family estate of Hengwrt, Nannau and Rug in Merionethshire, many of which have been in The Welsh Museum, Cardiff following the sale of the house several years ago, were dispersed without reserve by Tamlyn's of Bridgwater, Somerset, on December 9.
Among the highlights of the £136,000 sale was a 13-strong set of
18th century wine glasses with faceted stems and bowls engraved
with the names of members of the Welsh Jacobite society, the Cycle
of the White Rose.
The Cycle met with some regularity as an aristocratic dining
club between 1724 and 1829: the names engraved on these glasses
date them to between 1770 and 1775.
Offered as 13 lots, they sold to five different buyers for a
total of £21,600 (plus 15 per cent buyer's premium), with prices
ranging from £500 for a glass with a substantial chip to the foot
rim engraved Hon. R. Barry (Richard Barry of Marbury Hall,
Co. Chester) to the £2600 that rewarded the well-preserved glass
for Sir W.W. Wynn, the 4th Baronet of Wynnstay, Mayor of
Chester and son of the founder of the society.
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