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Pair of sauceboats


Origin: London

Date: 1745-1746

19.7 cm and 19.3 cm length; 552 g and 564 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1745-6, maker's mark of William Grundy

Heraldry: Possibly arms of Rycroft

Provenance: Capt. H.D. Clark, sale, Sotheby's, 19 November 1953, lot 100

Presented by Jim and Christine Chance, 2005; WA2005.99.1; WA2005.99.2

T. Schroder (2009), no. 156

The casting pattern for the handle of this sauceboat is rare, even though its imagery would seem fitting to its function. In ancient mythology the cornucopia was an attribute of Ceres, goddess of agriculture and abundance and in later times, a symbol of hospitality.

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

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