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Pair of sauceboats

Silver

Origin: London

Date: 1742-1743

23.8 cm and 23 cm length; 587 g and 589 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1742-3, maker's mark of David Willaume II

Heraldry: Arms of Monson impaling Watson contained within the badge of the Order of the Bath, for John, 1st Baron Watson KB (c.1693-1748), who married in 1725 Lady Margaret Watson, daughter of Lewis, 1st Earl of Rockingham.

Provenance: John, 1st Baron Monson (d.1748); by descent to Lord Monson, sale, Sotheby's, 19 April 1951, lot 144, Sotheby's London, 3 May 1990, lot 132

Presented by Jim and Christine Chance, 2005; WA2005.96.1; WA2005.96.2

T. Schroder (2009), no. 153

The distinctive feet and handles of these sauceboats are one of the most intriguing motifs in English rococo silver. They first appear in around 1719 on a series of cream jugs, most unmarked but some bearing the mark of David Willaume I. By 1730, the design had been adopted by Paul de Lamerie. Its ultimate source, however, was Utrecht goldsmith, Adam van Vianen (c.1568-1627) whose son, Christian, published some of his designs whilst working in London in about 1650.

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

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