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    Sale 7628

    Important Silver Including a Collection of Viennese Silver-Gilt Mounted Hardstone Works of Art

    25 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 276

    AN IMPORTANT CHARLES II SILVER AND SILVER-GILT PORRINGER AND COVER

    MARK OF JACOB BODENDICK, LONDON, CIRCA 1670 CYLINDRICAL ON THREE CAST SCALLOP SHELL FEET, WITH TWO SCROLL AND DRAGON MASK HANDLES, THE BODY WITH APPLIED DETACHABLE SLEEVE PIERCED AND CHASED WITH EXOTIC BIRDS AMONG TRAILING FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS, THE

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    AN IMPORTANT CHARLES II SILVER AND SILVER-GILT PORRINGER AND COVER
    MARK OF JACOB BODENDICK, LONDON, CIRCA 1670 Cylindrical on three cast scallop shell feet, with two scroll and dragon mask handles, the body with applied detachable sleeve pierced and chased with exotic birds among trailing foliage and flowers, the
    Cylindrical and on three shell feet the body applied with detachable sleeve, pierced and chased with birds, flowers and scrolling foliage, the detachable cover with similarly pierced detachable casing and with later pomegranate and foliage finial, marked on body with maker's mark only
    5¼ in. (13.2 cm.) high
    23 oz. (706 gr.)


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    The output of Jacob Bodendick (1634-1681) included a wide variety of domestic, corporation and livery and church plate as well as gold cups. The novelty of his designs and virtuosity of his chasing brought him to the top of his profession in what was a very competitive guild. Some 59 pieces are currently known and these are listed in an in-depth article 'Jacob Bodendick', published in The Silver Society Journal by E. Smith, 13, Autumn 2001, pp. 66-80.

    Eric Smith's research, as published in the above cited article, reveals that Bodendick was born at Lüneberg, south of Hamburg, Germany, on 4 March 1633/4. He was the son of a butcher and cookshop owner, and was apprenticed in 1650 for four years as goldsmith to Heinrich Volman II for the fee of 3 denares and 4 schillings. He obtained his freedom in 1654 and by 1661 had made his way to London, where he initially worked as a chaser and caster for William Mouse I, in that same year marrying Mouse's daughter Susan. In 1664/5 he was granted the right to have his plate assayed: on 6 May 1664 he registered his mark.

    Although his links with the well established Mouse family of goldsmiths probably assisted his speedy assimilation and enhanced his reputation, it was not until 23 August 1673 that he was made Free of the City of London. On 31 October of that same year, he was made Free of the Goldsmiths' Company with the support of King Charles II, who appears to have championed him. By May 1678 he had established his own premises in St-Martin-le-Grand and was employing several workers. He died in 1681, aged 47, and was buried in the church of St Ann and St Agnes.

    Another cup of similar form, hallmarked for 1688, was sold Christie's London, 12 June 2002, lot 121 and is illustrated in The Glory of the Goldsmith, Magnificent Gold and Silver from the Al-Tajir Collection, London 1989, no.34, p.54.

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    Provenance

    J. C. W. Sawbridge-Erle-Drax, Esq.; 15 June 1966, lot 66 (£1,050 to Kaye).
    A Private Collector, called 'Mr. Constable'.
    Anonymous sale; Phillips London, 6 May 1988, lot 211.
    With S. J. Shrubsole, New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Literature

    A. Grimwade, 'A Silver Collection of Character', Connoisseur, June 1969, p. 87-88, pl. 15.
    E. Smith, 'Jacob Bodendick', The Silver Society Journal, 13, Autumn 2001, recorded p. 78, no. 11.