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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT FAMILY COLLECTION

HENRIQUE TEIXEIRA DE SAMPAIO, BARAO DE TEIXEIRA


AND 1ST CONDE DE PVOA (1774-1833)
Sampaio was born in the town of Angra on the island of Terceira in
the Portuguese administered Azores. He was the son of Francisco Jos
Teixeira de Sampaio and his second wife Eullia Floriana Gualberta de
Melo Carvo, his father being a successful businessman and his mother
connected to some of the greatest families of the region. He was
born in the family home and was christened on 16 November 1774,
with Henrique Jos de Carvalho e Melo, Conde de Oeiras acting as his
Godfather. His father already had established trade links with England,
supplying the Portuguese army with food, and so it was not surprising
that the young Sampaio was sent there to study. While in London
he began his own business career, following in his fathers footsteps,
being appointed in 1807 as Commissioner of Army Supplies for the
Anglo-Portuguese forces who were seeking to prevent Napoleons
invasion of Portugal.
This position, as well as the exclusive contract for the supply of
tobacco, allowed him to establish a huge fortune very quickly, to the
extent that he was said to be amongst the richest men in Portugal,
worth some 21,000,000 cruzados on his death in 1833. With this
wealth, and the loans he made to the State, came social and political
prominence, particularly in his infuence on Portuguese fscal policy. His
position and importance to Portuguese society was commemorated on
22 May 1816 when the title 1st Lord de Sampaio was conferred upon
him by King Joo VI in Rio de Janeiro. Soon after, on 6 March 1819, he
was made, by Royal Charter, 1st Barao de Teixeira and was granted the
right to bear arms.
While his business interests continued to thrive in the 1820s, making
Sampaios trading house the largest in Portugal and a rival to other
frms in London and Hamburg, the fnances of the Portuguese state
were in a perilous condition. The further loans Sampaio made to the
state resulted in him becoming the biggest creditor to the Treasury,
and so when the Bank of Lisbon was founded in 1822, he became
the biggest shareholder with some 400 shares, compared to only 100
shares owned by the next largest shareholder. In honour of this he was
created 1st Conde de Pvoa on 3 July 1823, named after his estate in
Pvoa de Santo Adrio, near Lisbon.
Sampaio married twice, frst in February 1802 to Marianne Slack, the
daughter of an ex-patriot Irish merchant who was living in Lisbon. She
died, along with her child, in childbirth in October 1804 and Sampaio
was to remain childless and unmarried until March 1824 when he was
married to his second wife Louisa Maria Jos Rita Baltazar de Noronha,
who was only 21 and already expecting a child at the time of the
marriage. In order to protect his assets for his child he arranged for a
trust to be set up by Royal decree. Unfortunately, the frst child, born
some fve months after their marriage, died soon after birth. It was not
until 1826 that the couple had a son called Joo Maria de Noronha
Sampaio and a daughter named Marie Louise de Noronha Sampaio the
next year.
Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio died at his home of Rua da Escola
Politcnica, in Lisbon, on 27 March 1833, aged 59 years. His son Joo
Maria de Noronha become 2nd Conde de Pvoa and inherited the
family fortune, aged only 6. The 2nd Conde died soon after, in 1837
at which time the titles became extinct and the fortune passed to
his sister Marie Louise de Noronha Sampaio who went on to marry,
against the wishes of her mother, Domingos Antnio Pedro de Sousa
Holstein, the future 2nd Duke of Palmela.

THE SAMPAIO DINNER-SERVICE BY PAUL STORR


HISTORY AND PROVENANCE
The Conde de Pvoa was a signifcant patron of Paul Storr in the
1820s, refecting not only his ties with England, but also the strong
political and trade ties between England and Portugal in the 19th
century. The service, which must feature as one of the great services
that Storr produced following his departure from Rundell, Bridge
and Rundell in 1819, at which time he established a shop in New
Bond Street with John Mortimer. The service descended at Casa
Palmela, Lisbon, the family home of the Dukes of Palmela, until April
1976 when a signifcant portion of the major pieces were sold by
Christies at auction in Geneva.
As with the examples here, the table service excepted, the pieces
sold in the 1976 sale were all marked for Paul Storr, dated either
1822 or 1823. Divided into 8 lots the service weighed just under
6,000 ounces, giving some idea of the outstanding quality of the
pieces. They were:
LOT 192
A TABLE GARNITURE CONSISTING OF AN EIGHT-LIGHT
CANDELABRUM, A PAIR OF FOUR CANDELABRACENTREPIECES AND A PLATEAU
The pair of four candelabra-centrepieces subsequently sold
Sothebys, New York, 28 October 1988, lot 218.
The eight-light candelabrum now in the collection of the
Preservation Society of Newport County.
LOT 193
A PAIR OF FOUR-LIGHT CANDELABRA
Subsequently sold Christies, New York, 19 April 2002, lot 348.
LOT 194
A SET OF FOUR THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA
Subsequently sold Christies, New York, 19 April 2002, lot 348.
LOT 195
A PAIR OF WARWICK VASES
LOT 196
A PAIR OF SOUP-TUREENS AND STANDS
Subsequently sold Sothebys, New York, 28 October 1988, lot 219.
LOT 197
A FURTHER PAIR OF SOUP-TUREENS
Subsequently sold Christies, New York, 20 October 1999, lot 206.
LOT 198
A SET OF FOUR WINE-COOLERS
LOT 199
A FURTHER PAIR OF WINE-COOLERS
LOT 200
A SET OF EIGHT SALT-CELLARS
Subsequently exhibited Christies, London, The Glory of the
Goldsmith, Magnifcent Gold and Silver from the Al-Tajir Collection,
no. 151.

The Dining Room at Casa Pamela, showing a


portion of the Sampaio Service in situ

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175

322
A SET OF TWENTY-FOUR GEORGE IV SILVER DINNER-PLATES FROM THE SAMPAIO
SERVICE
MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1823
Each shaped circular and with shell and foliage heightened gadrooned border, engraved with a
coat-of-arms below barons coronet, marked underneath
10 in. (27 cm.) diam.
549 oz. 6 dwt. (17,084 gr.)
The arms are those of Teixeira quartering Sampaio, Amaral and Guedes for Henrique Teixeira de
Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira, later 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774-1833).
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40,000-60,000

$67,000-100,000
49,000-72,000

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira and later 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774-1833), then
by descent to his son
Joo Maria de Noronha, 2nd Conde de Pvoa (1826-1837) on whose death in 1837 the titles
became extinct and the family fortunes, and the dinner-service, passed to his sister
Marie Louise de Noronha Sampaio who married Domingos Antnio Pedro de Sousa Holstein, later
the 2nd Duke of Palmela (1818-1864).

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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT FAMILY COLLECTION


323
A GEORGE IV SILVER-GILT TABLE-SERVICE AND A GEORGE IV SILVER-GILT
DESSERT-SERVICE FROM THE SAMPAIO SERVICE
MARK OF WILLIAM ELEY AND WILLIAM FEARN, LONDON, 1822
A Stag Hunt pattern table-service, engraved with a crest and barons coronet, comprising:
Forty-eight table-spoons
Fifty-nine table-forks
Twelve salt-spoons
Eight sauce-ladles
Three basting-spoons
Two soup-ladles
Two pairs of asparagus-tongs
A fsh-slice
An ice-spade
Two sifting-spoons, 1823
A mustard-spoon, 1823
and the following with steel blades and flled handles:
Seventy-two table-knives, three mark of Paul Storr
Six carving-knives
Six carving-forks
Two sharpening-steels
A Baccanalian pattern dessert-service, engraved with a crest and barons coronet, comprising:
Forty-six dessert-spoons
Forty-seven dessert-forks
Forty-eight fruit-knives with flled handles and silver-gilt blades, one with mark of Paul Storr, 1820
some contained in three ftted wood boxes
weighable silver 789 oz. 10 dwt. (24,556 gr.)
The crest is that of Teixeira quartering Sampaio, Amaral and Guedes for Henrique Teixeira de
Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira, later 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774-1833).
(366)

40,000-60,000

$67,000-100,000
49,000-72,000

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira and later 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774-1833),
then by descent to his son
Joo Maria de Noronha, 2nd Conde de Pvoa (1826-1837) on whose death in 1837 the titles
became extinct and the family fortunes, and the dinner-service, passed to his sister
Marie Louise de Noronha Sampaio who married Domingos Antnio Pedro de Sousa Holstein,
later the 2nd Duke of Palmela (1818-1864).

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT FAMILY COLLECTION


324
A SET OF TWELVE GEORGE IV SILVER SOUP-PLATES FROM THE SAMPAIO SERVICE
MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1823
Each shaped circular and with shell and foliage heightened gadrooned borders, engraved with a
coat-of-arms below barons coronet, marked underneath
10 in. (27 cm.) diam.
290 oz. 6 dwt. (9,030 gr.)
The arms are those of Teixeira quartering Sampaio, Amaral and Guedes for Henrique
Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira, later 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774-1833).

15,000-25,000

$26,000-42,000
19,000-30,000

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira and later 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774-1833),
then by descent to his son
Joo Maria de Noronha, 2nd Conde de Pvoa (1826-1837) on whose death in 1837
the titles became extinct and the family fortunes, and the dinner-service, passed to his sister
Marie Louise de Noronha Sampaio who married Domingos Antnio Pedro de Sousa Holstein,
later the 2nd Duke of Palmela (1818-1864).

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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT FAMILY COLLECTION


325
A GEORGE IV SILVER BASKET FROM THE SAMPAIO SERVICE
MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1821
Oval and on spreading foot, with overhead swing handle, chased overall with foliage scrolls
and fowers, applied with a coat-of-arms below barons coronet, marked underneath and on
coat-of-arms
14 in. (36.4 cm.) wide
58 oz. 6 dwt. (1,814 gr.)
The arms are those of Teixeira quartering Sampaio, Amaral and Guedes for Henrique
Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira, later 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774-1833).

7,000-10,000

$12,000-17,000
8,500-12,000

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira and later 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774-1833),
then by descent to his son
Joo Maria de Noronha, 2nd Conde de Pvoa (1826-1837) on whose death in 1837
the titles became extinct and the family fortunes, and the dinner-service, passed to his sister
Marie Louise de Noronha Sampaio who married Domingos Antnio Pedro de Sousa Holstein,
later the 2nd Duke of Palmela (1818-1864).

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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT FAMILY COLLECTION

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT FAMILY COLLECTION

326
A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SILVER ENTRE-DISHES
FROM THE SAMPAIO SERVICE
MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1822

327
A GEORGE IV SILVER CRUET FROM THE SAMPAIO SERVICE
MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1823

Each shaped circular with shell and foliage heightened gadrooned


border, engraved with a crest below barons coronet, marked on side
11 in. (29.5 cm.) diam.
65 oz. 9 dwt. (2,036 gr.)
The arms are those of Teixeira quartering Sampaio, Amaral and Guedes
for Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira, later 1st Conde de
Pvoa (1774-1833).
(2)

3,000-5,000

$5,100-8,400
3,700-6,000

Oval, with foliage and shell heightened gadrooned border, on four shell
and vine feet, with central handle, with fve silver-mounted cut-glass
jars, engraved with a coat-of-arms below barons coronet, marked
underneath, on handle, rims and cover
the stand 13 in. (35 cm.) wide
weighable silver 55 oz. 15 dwt. (1,734 gr.)
The arms are those of Teixeira quartering Sampaio, Amaral and Guedes
for Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira, later 1st Conde de
Pvoa (1774-1833).

4,000-6,000

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira and later 1st Conde de


Pvoa (1774-1833), then by descent to his son
Joo Maria de Noronha, 2nd Conde de Pvoa (1826-1837) on whose
death in 1837 the titles became extinct and the family fortunes, and the
dinner-service, passed to his sister
Marie Louise de Noronha Sampaio who married Domingos Antnio
Pedro de Sousa Holstein, later the 2nd Duke of Palmela (1818-1864).

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$6,700-10,000
4,900-7,200

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira and later 1st Conde de


Pvoa (1774-1833), then by descent to his son
Joo Maria de Noronha, 2nd Conde de Pvoa (1826-1837) on whose
death in 1837 the titles became extinct and the family fortunes, and the
dinner-service, passed to his sister
Marie Louise de Noronha Sampaio who married Domingos Antnio
Pedro de Sousa Holstein, later the 2nd Duke of Palmela (1818-1864).

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT FAMILY COLLECTION


328
A GEORGE IV SILVER MEAT-DISH WITH SILVER-MOUNTED OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE DISH-COVER FROM THE
SAMPAIO SERVICE
THE DISH AND THE SILVER MOUNTS WITH THE MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1822
The dish oval with foliage and shell heightened gadrooned border, engraved with a coat-of-arms below barons coronet, the
cover domed and with loop handle and applied with cast coats-of-arms below barons coronets, marked under dish and on
mounts and handle
the meat-dish 19 in. (48.6 cm.) wide
the meat-dish 76 oz. 10 dwt. (2,379 gr.)
The arms are those of Teixeira quartering Sampaio, Amaral and Guedes for Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira,
later 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774-1833).
(2)

4,000-6,000

$6,700-10,000
4,900-7,200

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, Barao de Teixeira and later 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774-1833), then by descent to his son
Joo Maria de Noronha, 2nd Conde de Pvoa (1826-1837) on whose death in 1837 the titles became extinct and the family
fortunes, and the dinner-service, passed to his sister
Marie Louise de Noronha Sampaio who married Domingos Antnio Pedro de Sousa Holstein, later the 2nd Duke of Palmela
(1818-1864).

181

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION


(LOTS 828 834)

828
A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SILVER ENTREE DISHES AND COVERS FROM THE SAMPAIO SERVICE
MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1822, ONE HANDLE 1823

Each shaped circular with gadrooned, shell and acanthus border, the conforming covers with leaf capped scroll handles, each dish engraved
twice with a crest below a barons coronet, the covers applied twice with a coat of arms below a baronets coronet, each marked on dish, inside
cover, on handle, on coats of arms and coronets
11 in. (29.2 cm.) diam.
136 oz. 16 dwt. (4,256 gr.)
The arms are those of Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774 1833).
(2)

7,000 10,000

US$11,000 15,000
7,900 11,000

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774 1833), then by descent to his son
Joo Maria de Noronha, 2nd Conde de Pvoa (1826 1837) on whose death in 1837 the titles became extinct and the family fortunes, and the
dinner service, passed to his sister
Marie Louise de Noronha Sampaio who married Domingos Antnio Pedro de Sousa Holstein, later the 2nd Duke of Palmela (1818 1864) and
by descent in the family of the Dukes of Palmela at Casa Palmela.
EXHIBITED:

Lisbon, Casa Museu Dr. Anastcio Gonalves, Una Familia de Coleccionadores Poder e Cultura, February to September 2001.
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829
A GEORGE IV SILVER MEAT DISH AND A GEORGE IV SILVER
MOUNTED OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE COVER FROM THE SAMPAIO
SERVICE
THE DISH AND COVER MOUNTS MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1822 AND
1823

Oval with shell, acanthus and gadrooned border, the cover with silver
handle and applied on each side with a silver coat of arms below a
barons coronet, the dish similarly engraved, marked on dish, handle,
arms and coronets
the dish 19 in. (48.5 cm.) wide
the dish 77 oz. 15 dwt. (2,418 gr.)
The arms are those of Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de
Pvoa (1774 1833).
(2)

4,000 6,000

US$6,100 9,000
4,500 6,700

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774 1833).


See lot 828.
EXHIBITED:

Lisbon, Casa Museu Dr. Anastcio Gonalves, Una Familia de


Coleccionadores Poder e Cultura, February to September 2001.

830
A GEORGE IV SILVER MEAT DISH AND A GEORGE IV SILVER
MOUNTED OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE COVER FROM THE SAMPAIO
SERVICE
THE DISH AND COVER MOUNTS PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1822 AND 1823

Oval with shell, acanthus and gadrooned border, the cover with silver
handle and applied on each side with a silver coat of arms below a
barons coronet, the dish similarly engraved, marked on dish, handle,
arms and coronets
the dish 11 in. (28.2 cm.) wide
the dish 23 oz. 16 dwt. (741 gr.)
The arms are those of Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de
Pvoa (1774 1833).
(2)

1,000 1,500

US$1,600 2,300
1,200 1,700

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774 1833).


See lot 828.
EXHIBITED:

Lisbon, Casa Museu Dr. Anastcio Gonalves, Una Familia de


Coleccionadores Poder e Cultura, February to September 2001.

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION


(LOTS 828 834)

831
A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SILVER WAITERS FROM THE SAMPAIO SERVICE
MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1823

Shaped circular on cast feet, with gadrooned border, engraved with a


coat of arms below a barons coronet, marked underneath
8 in. (22.2 cm.) diam.; 39 oz. 8 dwt. (1,226 gr.)
The arms are those of Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de
Pvoa (1774 1833).
(2)

2,000 3,000

US$3,100 4,500
2,300 3,400

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774 1833).


See lot 828.
EXHIBITED:

832
A GEORGE IV SILVER CRUET STAND FROM THE SAMPAIO SERVICE
MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1823

Lisbon, Casa Museu Dr. Anastcio Gonalves, Una Familia de


Coleccionadores Poder e Cultura, February to September 2001.

Oval on cast feet, with gadrooned border, with four cut glass bottles,
engraved with a coat of arms, below a barons coronet, marked
underneath and on handle
9 in. (22.8 cm.) high; 28 oz. 2 dwt. (875 gr.)
The arms are those of Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de
Pvoa (1774 1833).

2,000 3,000

US$3,100 4,500
2,300 3,400

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774 1833).


See lot 828.
EXHIBITED:

Lisbon, Casa Museu Dr. Anastcio Gonalves, Una Familia de


Coleccionadores Poder e Cultura, February to September 2001.

833
A SET OF FOUR GEORGE IV SILVER ENTREE DISHES FROM THE
SAMPAIO SERVICE
MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1822

Each shaped oblong with gadrooned borders, each engraved with a


crest below a barons coronet, each marked near border
11 in. (30 cm.) wide; 66 oz. 10 dwt. (5,178 gr.)
The arms are those of Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de
Pvoa (1774 1833).
(4)

4,000 6,000

US$6,100 9,000
4,500 6,700

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774 1833).


See lot 828.
EXHIBITED:

Lisbon, Casa Museu Dr. Anastcio Gonalves, Una Familia de


Coleccionadores Poder e Cultura, February to September 2001.
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834
A SET OF FOUR GEORGE IV SILVER GILT WINE COASTERS FROM THE SAMPAIO SERVICE
MARK OF JOSEPH CRADOCK AND WILLIAM REID, LONDON, 1822

Each circular, the sides chased with fruiting grapevines on a matted ground, the everted rim cast and chased with fruiting grapevines and shells
at intervals, the base similarly chased and engraved with a crest and initials below a barons coronet, with wood base, marked near foot and inside
7 in. (19 cm.) diam.
The crest is that of Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774 1833).
(4)

10,000 15,000

US$16,000 23,000
12,000 17,000

PROVENANCE:

Henrique Teixeira de Sampaio, 1st Conde de Pvoa (1774 1833).


See lot 828.
EXHIBITED:

Lisbon, Casa Museu Dr. Anastcio Gonalves, Una Familia de Coleccionadores Poder e Cultura, February to September 2001.
445

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