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A SET OF FOUR GEORGE II SILVER SAUCEBOATS
A SET OF FOUR GEORGE II SILVER SAUCEBOATS
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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A SET OF FOUR GEORGE II SILVER SAUCEBOATS

MARK OF ELIZA GODFREY, LONDON, 1747

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A SET OF FOUR GEORGE II SILVER SAUCEBOATS
MARK OF ELIZA GODFREY, LONDON, 1747
Each on shaped oval foot cast with shells, the fluted stem applied with a plain band, the shell body with double scroll handle, engraved with a coat-of-arms, marked on stem
7 in. (17.8 cm.) long
79 oz. 7 dwt. (2,469 gr.)
The arms are those of Fenwick, co. Northumberland impaling another.
Provenance
A Gentleman; Christie's, London, 28 March 1962, lot 136. (£1,100 to Milne).

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Elizabeth Godfrey, also known as Eliza Godfrey and Elizabeth Buteux, was the daughter of Simon Pantin, a renowned Hugenot silversmith, with whom she trained. She left an important body of work known for its high quality and sophisticated style influenced by the Huguenot silversmithing traditions. Godfrey married twice, both her husbands were silversmiths with whom she partnered in her business, first Abraham Buteux and later Benjamin Godfrey, who is believed to have been in her employ. Her workshop produced many magnificent rococo pieces commissiond by her clientele which included the Duke of Cumberland. Her trade card, which describes her as 'Goldsmith, Silversmith, and Jeweller, [who] makes and sells all sorts of plates, jewels, and watches, in the newest taste at the most reasonable rates', illustrates the same model of sauceboat . This model in the style of the French rococo features in the production of several major London silversmiths of the time.

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