• 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 181

    A GEORGE I SILVER-GILT SALVER

    MARK OF AUGUSTINE COURTAULD, LONDON, 1723

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE I SILVER-GILT SALVER
    MARK OF AUGUSTINE COURTAULD, LONDON, 1723
    Fifteen-sided on tall bracket feet, with molded border, the center finely engraved with a coat-of-arms within Baroque mantling featuring seated lions and a mask at the base, marked on reverse, with scratch weight 35=1
    11 1/8 in. (28.2 cm.) diameter; 35 oz. (1,999 gr.)


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    The arms are those of Wilmot of Stadhampton and Chiselhampton in Oxfordshire, impaling those of Man of London.

    This salver is an example of the 15-sided (or "quindecagonal") forms that English silversmiths were able to create by applying techniques in Euclid's Elements of Geometry, first translated into English in 1570. (C. Hartop, Geometry and the Silversmith: The Domcha Collection, 2008, p. 16, illus.)

    Provenance

    Sir John Noble, Bt.
    The Rt. Hon. Michael Noble, Esq., PC, MP, sold Christie's, London, 13 December 1967, lot 25
    Garrard's
    Sir Charles Clore, sold Christie's, London, 28 November 1985, lot 41
    Christie's, New York, 17 October 1996, lot 384
    Sotheby's, New York, 13 October 2007, lot 131
    With Alastair Dickenson, London


    Literature

    Christie's Review of the Season, 1996, p. 320
    Christopher Hartop, Geometry and the Silversmith: The Domcha Collection, 2009, p. 16, fig. 9


    Exhibited

    Royal Academy, London, The Four Georges, 1931, no. 185