• Three Woods: A Passion for Wal auction at Christies

    Sale 7909

    Three Woods: A Passion for Walnut, Oak & Yew The John Parry Collection

    25 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 6

    A GEORGE II LIGNUM VITAE AND WALNUT POUNCE-POT AND A GEORGE I FRUITWOOD MUFFINEER

    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE II LIGNUM VITAE AND WALNUT POUNCE-POT AND A GEORGE I FRUITWOOD MUFFINEER
    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY
    The pounce-pot with pierced dish and baluster shaft, on a moulded foot, with threaded screwhole on the underside, the muffineer of baluster form, with turned ivory finial
    The pounce-pot: 4 in. (10 cm.) high; 3 in. (7.5 cm.) diameter
    The muffineer: 6¼ in (16 cm.) high


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    Pounce was originally a powder sprinkled onto parchment to aid its use as a suitable surface for writing. When paper replaced parchment, a circular pounce-pot with a dished saucer-shaped top was used, to assist retaining the valuable pounce-powder. This type of powder was known as sandarach. The powder was sprinkled onto the paper and resin rubbed in with fingers or a pad to prevent the ink spreading. At the end of the 18th century, when paper quality had improved so much that its preparation with pounce-powder was unneccessary, another problem arose : the ink stayed wet on the page, so another type of pounce-powder, usually powdered-chalk, was developed (E. H. Pinto, Treen and other wooden bygones, London, 1969, p. 261 & figs. 264 S & U).
    A muffineer is a treen version of the silver sugar caster, used to sprinkle sugar or spices such as grated cinnamon over muffins.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Provenance

    The muffineer bought from David Levi, 2007