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    Sale 1896

    Important Silver And Objects Of Vertu

    26 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 263

    A FINE GEORGE II SILVER SHELL BASKET

    MARK OF WILLIAM CRIPPS, LONDON, 1755

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    A FINE GEORGE II SILVER SHELL BASKET
    MARK OF WILLIAM CRIPPS, LONDON, 1755
    Formed as an open scallop shell, with a gadrooned border, the sides pierced with scrolls, on three dolphin feet cast and chased with scalework, the overhanging scroll handle formed as the head and torso of a mermaid, her double tail chased with scalework, issuing from realistically cast and chased shells, foliage and rockwork, marked on base
    16 in. (40.6 cm.) long; 65 oz. 10 dwt. (2041 gr.)


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    The earliest known example of such a shell-shaped basket, on cast dolphin feet, is by Paul de Lamerie, now in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A later example of 1747 is in the Farrer Collection, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Rococo Art and Design in Hogarth's England, 1984, no. G21. In the catalogue entry Phillipa Glanville suggests that this design was perhaps inspired by earlier Meissen porcelain examples, which were imported into London in the 1730s. She cites a scallop-shaped dish by Heroldt of circa 1728 with a painted diaper border which bears resemblance to the piercing on the Lamerie baskets (see Pantheon, XV, 1935, p. 203).

    Phillips Garden, Edward Wakelin, and Thomas Gilpin all produced baskets of this design in the 1740s and 1750s. An example by Phillips Garden of 1752 was sold at Christie's, London, 5 July 2000, lot 7 and another of 1755 from the Reksten Collection was sold in the same Rooms, 22 May 1991, lot 48. A pair of baskets made by William Cripps in 1758 was sold in The Hahn Family Collection of English Silver, Christie's, New York, 23 October 2000, lot 229.

    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 21 October 1993, lot 544 (catalogued incorrectly as 1746)
    Christie's, New York, 15 April 1997, lot 328