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Large Chinese celadon vase (on mahogany stand L97.A), pair with L103
Museum number: L97
In his 1835 Description Soane refers to these vases as two beautiful China Jars given to me by the late Viscount Bridport. Soane carried out work for Rear-Admiral Alexander Hood, later (from 1800) 1st Viscount Bridport (1726–1814), and his first wife, Mary West (who died a few months after Soane's first involvement) and second wife, Maria Sophia (whom he married in 1788), at Cricket Lodge, Cricket St Thomas, Somerset, in 1786-90, 1801, 1803 and 1809-10. The Admiral was a distinguished naval commander during the Napoleonic Wars and in his absence at sea it was often his second wife who was in practice Soane's client. The Soanes and the Bridports became good friends, Eliza Soane sometimes accompanying her husband on his visits to Cricket St Thomas. Soane's last work for the Bridports was the design of the Admiral's memorial tablet in the Church at Cricket. Lady Bridport outlived her husband, dying in 1831.
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