English (London)
Marked by Nicholas Sprimont (born in Liege, France, active in London) (1716–1771)


Other (ladle): 20.3 cm (8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver (sterling standard)

Not On View






The sauce boat and ladle unmarked; the stand struck underneath with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter) and with maker's mark; the stand also numbered 2 and 3


About 1745-1747, Thomas Watson-Wentworth (b. 1693 - d. 1750), Earl of Malton and 1st Marquess of Rockingham (original commission) [see note 1]; until 1948, by descent within the family, to William Henry Lawrence Peter Wentworth-FitzWilliam (b. 1910 - d. 1948), 8th Earl FitzWilliam; June 9, 1948, FitzWilliam sale, Christie's, London, part of lot 81 or 82. By 1958, Sigmund J. Katz (b. 1897 - d. 1958), New Orleans; 1958, by inheritance to Jessie W. (Mrs. Sigmund J.) Katz (b. 1901 - d. 1988), New Orleans; 1970, gift of Mrs. Katz to the MFA [see note 2]; December 20, 1989, deaccessioned by the MFA; April 27, 1990, MFA and others sale, Sotheby's, New York, lot 405, probably to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 21, 2001)

[1] Engraved with his arms and an Earl's coronet, the sauceboats and ladles were probably supplied to Thomas Watson-Wentworth before he was created Marquess of Rockingham on April 19, 1746. The stands, which bear his full armorials, were evidently supplied after this date.

[2] The ladle was accessioned on December 30, 1970 (former MFA accession no. 1970.642).

Credit Line

Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund