• Christie's Interiors - Masters auction at Christies

    Sale 5927

    Christie's Interiors - Masters & Makers

    29 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 111

    A PAIR OF WILLIAM AND MARY TRIPLE REEDED RIM PEWTER PLATES

    BY THOMAS FRANCIS, CIRCA 1700

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF WILLIAM AND MARY TRIPLE REEDED RIM PEWTER PLATES
    BY THOMAS FRANCIS, CIRCA 1700
    With hallmarks to rim and touch adverso (Peal M.P.M. 5599a)
    9½ in. (24 cm.) diameter
    And a plate by the maker SF or SP with an unusual hammered well and a row of four hallmarks to rim - 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) (3)


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    The Pewter Society database notes a link between Francis and North America for the same hallmarks are found on some plates with the crowned rose mark L879 (see Laughlin: Pewter in America, its Makers and their Marks) that is associated with pewter made in Boston, Massachusetts. This suggests Francis started his working life in England and then moved to Boston. Records have been found of a Thomas Francis Pewterer in Boston.

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    Literature

    One of the pair of plates is illustrated by Vanessa Brett, The Phaidon Guide to Pewter, 1981, p. 48.