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Silver, parcel gilt

Origin: London

Date: 1843-1844

21.5 cm length; 1014 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1843-4, maker's mark of J. Mortimer and J.S. Hunt

Provenance: William, 7th Viscount Downe (d.1857)

Presented by Jim and Christine Chance, 2005; WA2005.102

T. Schroder (2009), no. 161

The dramatic modelling of this particular handle, while following the mid-eighteenth fashion for bestial forms, also seems to reflect the romantic visual language of George Stubbs' series of horse and lion pictures of the 1760s.

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

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