Antiques - Miscellaneous / Silver Works
Reference: Z6774

Set of four saucers Jorge III. Silver. Henry Chawner (act. 1786-1796), 1790.
Each of them has an oval base, with fine moldings that are repeated both on the edge of the sauce boat, visually extending through the curved line of the two handles, and on the top of the lid, in the form of a vase. Just more decorative elements are presented in the pieces, apart from those already mentioned and of a series of elements engraved on the covers (bull heads with neck) and on the front of the saucers. In this area there is a Latin motto (“Fide et amore”, “fidelity and love”) under a heraldic shield in each one (three bull heads, two above and one below, separated with a cabrio; two rampant lions flanking a diagonal band in the escusón of the same). The lines and elegance of the pieces are the usual ones of the Jorge III style.
The heraldry is very reminiscent of that of the Bolena, Bullen or Boleyn family, descendant of Ana Bolena. The motto would refer to a game commissioned on the occasion of a wedding. In the year 1790, William Bullen and Mary Collins married on the Irish branch of the family, although it is not the only event of that year (Henry Bullen and Margaret Tarrent in the Diocese of Cloyne ...).
Contrast marks provide numerous pieces data. The passing lion places the realization in London, while the two initials refer to Henry Chawner; the lowercase letter gives the exact year; The leopard head certifies the quality of the material. The silverware, still in operation, called Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd. has a series of predecessors: it was founded by Anthony Nelme around 1680, and, after a succession of master silversmiths, the business was improved by Henry Chawner in 1786, master of successor of the family that at that time was running the business (Eduard Barnard I) and who continued with the business. He was active between 1786 and 1796, and the last name of this teacher remained linked to the firm until the end of the 18th century in several of his relatives. His works are currently preserved in private English and American collections, mainly, but also in prominent institutions such as the George Washington's Mount Vernon Museum (Virginia, United States), which has an inkwell by Henry Chawner of George Washington, the Scoteney Castle of Kent, the Victoria & Albert of London, the Portland Art Museum, etc. Weight: 2110 grams."

· Size: 14x10x23 cms.

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