The lively movement of the chasing and the spirited design of the cast foot, which features a winged dragon, altogether embody the liveliness and frivolity of the rococo style. Creating such spirited decoration required significant expertise and skill. This dexterity of craftsmanship as well as the generous gauge employed by the silversmith Philip Garden indicates the quality and importance of this work.
Philip Garden and Paul de Lamerie
This coffee-pot illustrates the connection between the silversmiths Philip Garden and Paul de Lamerie. It has been suggested that Garden purchased the tools and models from de Lamerie’s workshop when he died in 1751 (E. M. Alcorn, English Silver In The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, vol. 2, 2000, p. 177). Just three years before his death, de Lamerie made a coffee pot with a short spout, cast with coffee leaves and blossoms upon a matted ground above a shell (George Sidney, Beverley Hills, California; Christie’s, New York, 24 May 1977, lot 231). The spout of the present lot by Garden and marked for 1752 is identical to the de Lamerie example, substantiating the belief that Garden was working from de Lamerie’s models.