Condiment Vase

English (London)
1771–72
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

H. 20.3 cm (8 in.); W. 10.2 cm (4 in.); Diam of base 4.5 cm ( 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1981.22

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The three vases are of identical form, with two slightly smaller than the third. The raised ovoid body rests on a spreading cast foot with a chased gadrooned rim. The plain body is finely engraved with mythological scenes in the style of Greek vase painting, flowing continuously around the object. The scenes are framed with an enraved Greek key pattern below and above, along the shoulder, circles of anthemion. Two high arching handles, each cast in one piece, rise from the shoulder one with an attached loop to hold a ladle. The cover is formed from two pieces of sheet, one seamed to fit rightly over the bazel on the vase. Around the rim is a band of chased gadrooning and an engraved Greek key pattern. The tall flaring finial has engraved vertical fluting.

Inscription

ARMORIALS: engraved on sides of each vase, the arms of Curzon impaling Colyear for Nathaniel Curzon, Baron Scarsdale (1726-1804) of Kedleston Hall, co. Derbyshire and Caroline Colyear.

Markings

On edge of base, LC over GC (Grimwade 1907) (repeated on underside of cover); lion passant (repeated on underside of cover); leopard's head crowned; date letter Q

Provenance

Nathaniel Curzon (1726-1804), first Baron Scarsdale, through the family by descent, sold by order of the trustees of the Kedleston Estate, Christie's, London, June 25, 1980, lot 87, Museumpiece, Zurich, purchased February 11, 1981, Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: February 11, 1981)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour