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Salver

Silver

Origin: London

Date: 1688-1689

24 cm diameter; 6.4 cm height; 501 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1688-9, maker's mark of William Gamble

Provenance: Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; sold, Christie's, 11 June 2003, lot 90, to Rare Art

Presented by the Executors of Mrs Corinne Whiteley, 2004; WA2004.97

T. Schroder (2009), no. 82

The salver belongs to a small group of objects apparently restricted to the years between 1687 and 1692 and bearing a variety of maker's marks. The group is united by a distinctive type of engraving, which is unusual in both subject matter and technique (see also WA1947.13 and WA1947.14 and WA2004.96). The technique, more commonly found on pewter, is known as 'wrigglework' because the line was achieved by moving the burin in a zig-zag motion across the surface of the metal. The exceptional state of this salver also allows us to see the use of secondary techniques using wheeled tools, also associated with pewter decoration, such as on the lion's mane and sheep's wool. The style and subject of the engraving are reminiscent of embroidery of the period.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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