• 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 126

    A GEORGE II SILVER SHELL-FORM BASKET

    LONDON, 1754, MAKER'S MARK PROBABLY THAT OF PHILLIPS GARDEN

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    A GEORGE II SILVER SHELL-FORM BASKET
    LONDON, 1754, MAKER'S MARK PROBABLY THAT OF PHILLIPS GARDEN
    Of fluted shell form, on three cast dolphin feet, with rising caryatid handle, the border applied with shellwork and sand motifs, with a wide border pierced with trellis and scrolls, marked on reverse of shell, maker's mark obscured
    14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide; 65 oz. 10 dwt. (2,043 gr.)


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    The earliest known basket in this shell form, by Paul de Lamerie, is now in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Other baskets of this form were produced by William Cripps, Thomas Heming and particularly Phillips (or Phillip) Garden, whose mark appears on the largest number of baskets of this design. Garden's mark appears on many works similar to Lamerie's, and it has been suggested that he and silversmith Henry Hayens bought Lamerie's patterns after his death in 1752.

    Christopher Hartop cites the following baskets with Garden's mark: one of 1750 at Polesden Lacey, Surrey, one of 1751 in the Royal Collection, a pair dating to 1754 in a European collection, another dating to 1754 sold Christie's, London, 12 July 1995, lot 119, and one of 1755 illustrated in Christopher Hartop, The Huguenot Legacy, 1996, pp. 234-35, no. 51.

    Provenance

    With Brand Inglis
    The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi, sold Christie's, London, 12 December 2007, lot 41
    With Alastair Dickenson, London


    Saleroom Notice

    The mark is that of Thomas Gilpin.