Sconce

English (London)
1707–08


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

Weight: 1,165.2 gm (37 oz 9 dwt)

Accession Number

63.785

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The sconces are composed of a richly chased cartouche-shaped backplate supporting a scrolled bracket with nozzle. The blackplate, formed from a single sheet, is chased with a figure of a putto flanked by swags of fruit against a crisply mattered ground. Above is a chased concave shell, and at the base of the bracket is a chased grotesque mask. The backplates are cracked and repaired in many places. Some of the repairs, consisting of patches of silver applied over weak areas in the chasing, are contemporaneous with the manufacture. The arm, formed of complex scrolls and square in section, is cast in two pieces and seamed vertically. The waxpan has molded wire edges and pierced hearts on its underside and surrounding the nozzle. The nozzle, cast in two vertical pieces, is urn-shaped.

Inscription

On back, "N10"

Markings

On each blackplate, maker's mark Ja (Grimwade 1092) (repeated on waxpan); Britannia; lion's head erased; date letter m

Provenance

Lord Brownlow, Belton House, Grantham, sold Christie's, London, May 29, 1963, lot 16, purchased from Spink and Sons, Ltd., London, by MFA for £6,825 for objects 63.784-63.785. (Accession Date: June 19, 1963)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour