Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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This item is located in the Tribune [Cabinet].

Three Portrait Medallions and Six Counters

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000064
mid-17th century, one dated 1638
Passe, Simon de (Dutch engraver and medalist, ca.1595-1647)

Decorative Object
Silver, in an 18th century sharkskin-covered
approx 2.5 cm. diameter; 3 oval approx. 5.7 x 4.4 cm
HW’s 1792 circular book plate (Type 1) pasted to interior of box; later partial sale [?] label on exterior, loose mss 19th c. label “King James the First and his Family Engraved on Nine Silver Plates By Simon van De Paas from Horace Walpole's Collection,,
The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Tribune [Cabinet]

Sale Text: Various Jettons and Counters of James I., his Queen; Charles I., his Queen; various on his Marriage, Birth of the Prince, and on his Death.

Object History

Provenance: Horace Walpole; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 10, lot 54 bt. Docwray, Esq, £1.10.0, or possibly day 15, lot 72 bt. Miss Burdett Coutts £4.14.6; 1938, Lord Beauchamp; as of 1940, Herbert M. Lingford; 1957 May 27, Glendining & Co, lot 211, bt Spink & Son, Ltd, for W. S. Lewis, £84; The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Exhibition History: "A Treasure House in Farmington." Yale Center for British Art. New Haven, Connecticut. 10/15/1999-1/9/2000.
"Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, no. 103.

Bibliography: Mark Jones, “The technique of Simon van de Passe reconsidered,” The Numismatic Chronicle 143 (1983): 227-230.
Ellenor M. Alcorn, English Silver in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston vol. 1 Silver before 1697. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1993), no. 28 for engraved version of a related jetton with portrait medallions depicting James I, Anne of Denmark and Charles, Prince of Wales.