A VICTORIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER CENTREPIECE
A VICTORIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER CENTREPIECE
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A VICTORIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER CENTREPIECE

MARK OF THOMAS SMILY, LONDON, 1882

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A VICTORIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER CENTREPIECE
MARK OF THOMAS SMILY, LONDON, 1882
On plain domed base chased with cartouches depicting knights fighting, lions, nymphs and flower sprays, the stem with St. George on a horse fighting the dragon, its wings supporting the plain bowl, with beaded borders, marked on base, stand and screw
13 7/8 in. (35 cm.) high
100 oz. 10 dwt. (3,127 gr.)
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St. George was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek origins, a Praetorian Guard for the emperor Diocletian, who sentenced him to death for him refusing to renounce his faith. The earliest known depictions of St. George killing the dragon came later, from Cappadocia in the 11th century. He became the patron saint of England during the Tudor period, due to his popularity at the time of the Crusades and Hundred Years' War. His status was much revived in the Victorian period with the taste for historicism.

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