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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 43

    A FINE GEORGE II SILVER COFFEE-POT

    MARK OF EDWARD WAKELIN, LONDON, 1747

    Price Realised  

    A FINE GEORGE II SILVER COFFEE-POT
    MARK OF EDWARD WAKELIN, LONDON, 1747
    Pear shaped and on spreading foot with a band of foliage scrolls on a textured ground, rim and lower body each repoussé chased with foliage scrolls and flowers, with a duck head spout and a wood handle, the hinged cover with a band of shells and seaweed and a shell finial, engraved with a coat-of-arms on each side, marked underneath and on cover bezel, the base further engraved with a scratchweight '31"14'
    9¾ in. (24.5 cm.) high
    gross weight 33 oz. (1,019 gr.)
    The arms are those of Balsh impaling Everard for Robert Balsh (1720- 1779) and his wife Susan of West Quantoxhead.


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    The George II 'Venus' swan-headed and plinth-supported pot, embellished in French 'picturesque' fashion, has its handle clasped at the rim and base to bas-relief wreaths of fruit and flowers. These are tied to the nature-deity's shell badges by wave-scrolled reeds; while fruits-of-the-sea festoon its shell-tipped lid.
    The pot commissioned, with other shell patterned tableware, by Robert Balch (d.1779), had its invoice recorded in June 1748 in the Gentleman's Ledger of the goldsmiths Messrs Wickes and Wakelin at a cost of £18.17s, which included £3 for the wooden handle (Ledger for 1747-1750 in the National Art Library, f.49). It bears the London hallmark for 1747-8, together with the mark adopted in that year by Edward Wakelin, when entering into partnership with George Wickes. In the same year the firm sold another pot of this pattern, but with its flower-festooned lid tipped by a bacchic pine-cone (see Sotheby's 18 March 1982).

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    Provenance

    With Brand Inglis


    Literature

    Wickes and Wakelin Gentlemen's Ledger, unnumbered vol. 1747-1750, Victoria and Albert Museum, Art Library, f. 49


    Exhibited

    London, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Rococo Art and Design in Hogarth's England, 1984, no. G.25
    The exhibition catalogue notes that, 'The duck-head spout is also a feature of contemporary Parisian silver (cf. a teapot by Godin, Paris 1749; Hernmarck 1977 pl. 322), but fantastic bird and dragon spouts had been a recurring element in pots for hot beverages from the 1680s; cf. an English teapot of c.1686 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston): two pots attributed to Willaume of 1717 and 1706 (Wilding Coll., British Museum; Asheton Bennett Coll., Birmingham) and Augsberg services of c. 1700-1720 (Hernmarck 1977 pl. 308-10, 312); the bird spout also occurs both in metal spouts fitted to ceramic pots and in wholly ceramic pots.'