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A GEORGE II SILVER BASKET

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A GEORGE II SILVER BASKET
maker's mark of Phillips Garden, London, 1754

Formed as a scallop shell and on three cast dolphin feet and with cast stylised mermaid herm handle terminating in twin tails, shells and marine ornament, the waved rim pierced with foliate scrolls and with applied border cast and chased with shells on a sea foam ground, the handle later engraved with a crest and motto, marked on reverse and with scratch weight 59-18 - 13½in. (34cm.) wide
58ozs. (1,812grs.)

Lot Essay

Phillips Garden purhased Paul de Lamerie's tools and patterns on the latter's death in 1751 and it is perhaps partly these which enabled him to produce objects of such high quality. A. G. Grimwade in London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837, Their Marks and their Lives, London,1982, p. 519 remarks that Garden was 'an admirable exponent of the rococo style'
A number of baskets, similar to the present lot, by both de Lamerie and Garden are known, including an example of 1747, by de Lamerie in the Ashmolean Museum Oxford, exhibited London, The Goldsmiths' Hall, Paul de Lamerie, The Work of England's Master Silversmith, (1688-1751), 1990, no. 113. P. A. S. Phillips, in his celebrated monograph on de Lamerie, says of such baskets '...nothing more successful as table ornaments ever emanated from the Goldsmiths' workshop'
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