Epergne

The oval plinth has an edge composed of scrolls and leaves, boldly modeled and cast in sections. Four scrolled foliage feet are integrated into the border and the half-figure of a goat emerges at each end. Naturalistically rendered fruits and nuts, cast in pieces and meticilously chased, are attached to the plinth with nuts and bolts. Projecting above each goat's head is an oak branch bearing acorns and leaves, which forks into three branches each terminating in a dish composed of overlapping leaves. In the center of the plinth two deer stand on the cast form of a forest floor with an oak trunk between them. The figures are cast in sections, assembled, and finely chased and engraved. Supported by the oak trunk and the backs of the two deer is an oval bombé basket with pierced diaperwork and a cast scroll and foliate rim. The domed cover is chased with foliage, surmounted by a cast apple and pear.

Inscription

ARMORIALS: cast in cartouches on each side of the base, beneath a duke's coronet, the arms of Powlett; engraved engraved on cover of bowl, beneath a duke's coronet, the crest of Powlett, for Charles, fifth Duke of Bolton, (about 1718-1765); engraved on a banner surrounding the crest, the motto of the Order of Bath, "TRIA JUNTA IN UNUM"

Marks

On base under figural group, maker's mark IP over EW (Grimwade 1602)

Provenance

About 1760, Charles, 5th Duke of Bolton (b. about 1718 - d. 1765), Hackwood Park (near Basingstoke) and London; until 1965, by descent within the family; July 14, 1965, Lord Bolton and others sale, Christie's, London, lot 145, to S.J. Phillips, Ltd., London; 1965, sold by Phillips to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 1965)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

Epergne

London, England
Dimensions
50.1 x 95.5 x 50 cm (19 3/4 x 37 5/8 x 19 11/16 in.) Weight: 14,968 gm (624 oz 5 dwt)
Medium or Technique
Silver
Classification
Silver
Accession Number
65.915a-b
On view
Simone and Alan Hartman Galleries (European Decorative Arts) - 241

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