Argyll

English (London)
1772–73
Marked by Louisa Courtauld (first mark 1765, died in 1807), Marked by George Cowles (free 1765, died in 1811)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

Overall Height: 27.7 cm x Width: 18.9 cm x Depth: 11.3 cm (10 7/8 x 7 7/16 x 4 7/16 in.) Weight: 952.6 gm (30 oz 12 dwt)

Accession Number

1985.807a-d

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The vase-shaped body rests on a trumpet foot. Around the foot rim there is applied beading, and the stem is chased with vertical fluting. The raised body is chased on the lower section with acanthus leaves, and around the upper rim there is a chased frieze of rosettes within panels, set off above and below by two strings of applied beading. The spout and handle, on opposite sides of the body, cast in several pieces and finely chased, are formed from two interwinging serpents, the open mouth of one forming the spout, the mouth of the other biting the tail of the first and forming the handle. The raised, spool-shaped cover is chased with vertical fluting, and rises to a dome bordered with a chased laurel band and surmounted by a cast acorn finial. The interior is fitted with a removable reservoir formed by two conjoined cones.

Inscription

ARMORIALS: engraved on side of body, crest of Curzon, beneath a Baron's coronet, for Nathaniel Curzon, first baron Scarsdale of Kedleston Hall, co. Derbyshire (1726-1804).

Markings

Inside rim, date letter R; leopard's head crowned; lion passant (repeated on bezel of cover); maker's mark LC over GC(Grimwade 1907); (1772/3) (repeated on bezel of cover and on hot water vessel).

Provenance

Nathaniel Curzon (1726-1804), first Baron Scarsdale, through family by descent, sold Christie's, London, July 16, 1930, lot 65; Sotheby's, New York, April 26, 1985, lot 78; Museumpiece, Zurich, purchased November 27, 1985, Theodra Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: November 27, 1985)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour