• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 203

    A CHARLES II PARCEL-GILT SILVER PORRINGER AND COVER

    MARK OF JACOB BODENDICK, LONDON, CIRCA 1670

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    A CHARLES II PARCEL-GILT SILVER PORRINGER AND COVER
    MARK OF JACOB BODENDICK, LONDON, CIRCA 1670
    Cylindrical on three cast scallop shell feet, with two scroll and dragon mask handles, the body with applied detachable sleeve pierced and chased with exotic birds among trailing foliage and flowers, the detachable cover with similarly pierced detachable casing and with pomegranate finial, marked on body with maker's mark only
    5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) high; 22 oz. 10 dwt. (703 gr.) (2)


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    Jacob Bodendick (1634-1681) was one of the late 17th century's most prominent silversmiths, counting Charles II as one of his most ardent patrons. He supplied a wide variety of domestic, corporation, livery and church plate. His work is characterized by its northern continental design and its exceptionally fine chasing.

    Bodendick was born and trained as a goldsmith in Germany, obtaining his freedom in 1654. By 1661, he had made his way to London, where he initially worked as a chaser and caster for William Mouse I, and in that same year married Mouse's daughter. In 1664 he registered his mark, and was made Free of the City of London and the Goldsmiths' Company in 1673. (See Eric Smith, 'Jacob Bodendick,' The Silver Society Journal, Autumn 2001, pp. 66-80.)

    Another cup of similar form, hallmarked for 1668, was sold Christie's London, 12 June 2002, lot 121 and is illustrated in The Glory of the Goldsmith, Magnificent Gold and Silver from the Al-Tajir Collection, 1989, no. 34, p. 54.

    Provenance

    J.C.W. Sawbridge-Erle-Drax, Esq., 15 June 1966, lot 66 (£1,050 to Kaye)
    A Private Collector, called 'Mr. Constable'
    Anonymous sale, Phillips, London, 6 May 1988, lot 211
    With S.J. Shrubsole, New York
    Christie's, London, 25 November 2008
    With Alastair Dickenson, London


    Literature

    A. Grimwade, 'A Silver Collection of Character,' Connoisseur, June 1969, pp. 87-88, pl. 15
    E. Smith, 'Jacob Bodendick,' The Silver Society Journal, 13, Autumn 2001, p. 78, no. 11