Cruet Set

English (London)
1747–48
Marked by Samuel Wood (about 1704–1794)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 18.2 cm x W. 21.6 cm x D. 21.2 cm (7 3/16 x 8 1/2 x 8 3/8 in.); Weight: 2,480.6 gm (79 oz 15 dwt)

Accession Number

39.83.1-6a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The cruet set is composed of a frame that holds a large silver caster, two smaller casters, and two faceted glass bottles with removable silver stoppers. The base of the frame, formed from sheet and strengthened on the underside with five wire rings, rests on four scrolled legs with shell feet. Above is a series of five molded rings, with two smaller rings to hold the bottle stoppers. At the center is a cast baluster stem with scrolled handle, threaded through the flat base. A cast cartouche, engraved and chased, is applied to the front of the frame. The three silver casters are pear-shaped, resting on a cast molded foot. The lower section of the caster body is raised and joined at the midsection to a seamed upper half. The removable denied covers are raised, pierced, and engraved, with an applied wire flange. The pattern of the piercing is divided into vertical panels containing diaper-work and symmetrical scrolls. On the two smaller casters alternating panels have been made blind by the addition on the interior of silver sheet. The bottles are of faceted glass with a straight-sided lower half, tapering to a slender neck. They have cylindrical stoppers made from seamed sheet and a cast domed top.

Inscription

ARMORIALS: engraved in cartouche on stand and in cartouches on each of the three casters, the arms of Wheelwright impaling Apthorp, for Nathaniel Wheelwright (1721-1765) who married Ann , daughter of Charles Apthorp of Boston. On covers of cruet bottles, an unidentified crest (a wolf's head).
INSCRIPTIONS: scratched on underside ofstand, oz / 35-2. "Mark b Young". scratched under base of each caster, 38 " 10 " 0.

Markings

On underside of the stand and on underside of each caster, maker's mark SW (Grimwade 2666) (repeated on bezel of each cover and on handle); lion passant (repeated on bezel of each cover and on handle); leopard's head crowned; date letter m

Provenance

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maxim Karolik to the MFA for The M. and M. Maxim Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts. (Accession Date: January 19, 1939)

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts