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THE SEASON of

LIGHT & REFLECTION(S)

"The Creation of the Sun and the Moon", Master of Jean de Mandeville (French, active 1350 - 1370), J. Paul Getty

Whilst the sun's light is gold,

The moon's is 'pure silver'.

It's light to delight

The depths of the night,

The sun's 'best reflection',

To deliver.

Silver is female in nature,

Kin to both 'moon' and the 'soul'

A somewhat holy alloy

Meaning 'angels' and 'joy'

Plus 'purity' and 'protection',

So told!

Silver dazzles one's senses.

Breaks away all defenses.

To the touch, like 'romancing'.

To the eyes, Flamenco! dancing,

Can be delicate - or bold,

Both hot and cold hold,

Said some maladies to prevent,

(And also pay rent)!

Be casual, or formal

In times HIGH, or just normal,

Be jet black or bright white -

Simultaneously! - midday, or midnight.

So I'm preachin' to the choir

To those who admire.

But for those not yet smitten,

Hope this silly rhyme written

Will explain our terribly 'irrational' addiction...

TO "FINE SILVER"!

 


OUR CHRISTMAS SILVER COLLECTION :

May We Begin Chronologically :

Rare George I Britannia Standard Gadrooned & Crested Tazza, Sarah Holaday, London, 1722

A Rare George I Britannia Standard Gadrooned & Crested Tazza, Sarah Holaday, London, 1722

The rather rarely found gadrooned rim and footrim without repairs;

fully marked, and of good gauge Britannia :  9.25" and 12.5 oz.

George III Provincial Quart Silver Mug, John Langlands I, Newcastle, 1770 

A George III Provincial Silver 'Quart' Mug, John Langlands I, Newcastle, 1770

Of quite heavy gauge with handle tongue, the handle engraved with initials 'I P'

6.75" High and 19.8 oz.

George III Silver Argyll (Argyle), Daniel Smith & Robert Sharp, London, 1783 

A George III Vase-Form Silver Argyll, Beaded Rims, Daniel Smith & Robert Sharp, London, 1783

The long distances between Scottish kitchens and dining tables

 often allowed gravy (or sauces) to cool excessively.

This inspired the Third Duke of Argyll (c1755) to design a vessel having either a central heating core,

 or outer 'jacket' for hot water, also allowing the liquids to come from the base

rather than the often congealed upper surfaces.

The vessel was thereby named after him - known both as 'argyll', and 'argyle'.

7.25" High / 15.7 oz.

Rare George III Silver Two-Handled Cup, Peter & Jonathan Bateman, London, 1791

A Rare George III Silver Two-Handled Cup, Peter & Jonathan Bateman, London, 1791

One handle tongue engraved W S  / 5.5"High and 11.8oz.

Jonathan Bateman, the third son of Hester Bateman, is probably the most collectible of the

Bateman silver makers. Jonathan worked only six months, dying from cancer on April 19, 1791.

George III Silver Bougie Box, Richard Cooke, London, 1800

A George III Silver Bougie Box, Richard Cooke, London, 1800

Crested for Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey and Viscount Howick, County of Northumberland

Earl Grey tea, "Earl Grey's Mixture", is assumed named after Charles Grey,

2nd Earl Grey, who served as British Prime Minister in the 1830s. 4" High and 4 oz.

Good George III Silver 2-Part Wine Funnel, Rebecca Emes & Edward Barnard, London, 1814

A Very Good George III Silver 2-Part Wine Funnel,

Rebecca Emes & Edward Barnard, London, 1814

Of heavy gauge silver, with reeded rims, floriform piercing and shell tang

6" High and 5.7 oz.

A Fine Pair of George III Silver Strawberry Dishes, Philip Rundell, London, 1819

A Fine Pair of George III Silver Strawberry Dishes, Philip Rundell, London, 1819

Of heavy gauge silver, each circular dish having lobed and fluted sides with everted rims

surrounding a plain field centering the marital arms of Brymer and Tugwell, and motto,"VIRTUTE "

9.75" Diameter / 38.1 oz.

Philip Rundell was one of the finest silversmiths in England,

his firm being Royal Goldsmiths from 1797 - 1843, and responsible for the Crown Jewels

used at the coronations of George IV , William IV, and Queen Victoria,

 as well as for a wide range of banqueting plate and jewelry now in the Royal Collection.

Scarce George IV Silver Kitchen Nutmeg Grater, Charles Rawlings, London, 1824

A Scarce George IV Silver Kitchen Nutmeg Grater, Charles Rawlings, London, 1824

arms for Hunter quartering Thompson, with motto SPERO MELIORA (I hope for better things)

Of heavy gauge silver, at 2.6 oz., and 4.25" High

Georgian silver kitchen nutmeg graters of this form are quite rarely available.

 


 

ALSO, FOR YOUR DINING PLEASURE :

A Collection of English Britannia & Silver Marrow Spoons, 1722-1774

Marrow spoons, which are rarer than marrow scoops and often a bit earlier,

are nicely capable of doubling for the once-more popular roasted bone marrow,

 as well as a dessert or table spoon. I also find their form more interesting.

Collection of English Britannia & Silver Marrow Spoons, 1722-1774

George I Britannia Silver Marrow Spoon, Charles Jackson, London, 1722

Two George II Irish Silver Marrow Spoons, Ester Forbes, Dublin, 1730 (rattail),

and an Unknown Dublin, c1735 Crested Example

George II Silver Marrow Spoon, Paul Hanet, London, 1735-40

George III Irish Silver Marrow Spoon, William Sutton, Dubliln, 1750

George III Silver Shell & Scroll Back Marrow Spoon, William Collings, London, 1774

(each spoon offered separately)

 


AND A CHRISTMAS WISH :

Pair George II Silver Candlesticks, John Cafe, London, 1755, & a Pair Regency Silver Candlesticks, Roberts & Co., Sheffield, 1813

A Good Pair George II Silver Candlesticks, John Cafe, London, 1755

(&)

A Good Pair Regency Silver Candlesticks, Roberts & Co., Sheffield, 1813, crested

Light the first candle for moments of joy

Light then the second for the new "Baby Boy"

The third for our futures approaching so fast

And the fourth one, "reflecting" on times that are past..

And may all burn quite slowly, but bright

Casting odd shadows and rainbows of light

That will echo in moments of time still beyond,

A smile of yesterday, when new lights have dawned.

 


 

"Historiated Letter C", Centering an Ouroboros

MERRY, MERRY

CHRISTMAS!

& A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 


Legend :

 

"The Creation of the Sun and the Moon"

Master of Jean de Mandeville (French, active 1350 - 1370),

Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment, Ms. 1, v1 (84.MA.40.1), fol. 5.

(the moon has been toned from gold to silver to attend our short story)

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Getty's "Open Content Program"

"Historiated Letter C", Centering an Ouroboros :

an ancient and alchemical symbol, the snake swallowing its own tail,

signifying 'Infinity', 'Renewal' and the 'Cyclical Nature of Time'.

"De Proprietatibus Rerum", ms. 1029, f. 120v, c1350, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris.

"De Proprietatibus Rerum" (On the Order of Things) is an encyclopedia

written by Bartholomaeus Anglicus between 1240 and 1250 at the school of Magdeburg in Saxonia.

Intended for the use of students and general public, the work is often described as a bestiary;

however its focus encompasses theology and astrology as well as the natural sciences

(as understood in 1240). The encyclopedia was originally written in Latin,

and copied between the 13th and 14th centuries into number of other languages

 

Inventory Photography : Millicent F. Creech

 


Also See Our Other 2020 Christmas Catalogs :

 

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THE SEASON of LIGHT & REFLECTION(S) : PORCELAIN

 


 

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The Season of Light & Reflection(s) : GLASS; M. Ford Creech Antiques

 

 

 
A Good Pair Regency Silver Candlesticks, Roberts & Co., Sheffield, 1813, creste A Good Pair George II Silver Candlesticks, John Cafe, London, 1755 A Good Pair George II Silver Candlesticks, John Cafe, London, 1755