Game Dish with Cover and Stand
John Samuel Hunt
Object Place: Europe, London, England
H. 41.3 cm x W. 49.4 cm x D. 28.5 cm (16 1/4 x 19 17/16 x 11 1/4 in.); Weight: 10,872.3 gm (349 oz 11 dwt)
Medium or Technique
Silver, parcel gilt
Not On View
The dish consists of three sections: a base supported on scrolled legs, a removable dish, and a domed cover. The base, formed from several panels of sheet, has a shaped oval stand, richly decorated with panels of chased strapwork and a border of palmettes with bosses in the form of masks. Bolted to the front and back edges of the stand are winged putti, cast in several sections, each holding a dove and a bow and wearing a quiver. Two bifurcated scrolled legs, cast in several sections, rise to support the plateau. They are studded with quatrefoils, mask, diamonds, and beading. A cast snake encricles each leg, and small squirrels and lizards perch on the termini. Two projecting handles formed of a winged female figure and a scroll anchor the edge of the plateau. The base of the plateau, formed from section of sheet and chased, has a heavy baluster pendant that hangs below the dish between the legs. It is cast in two pieces. A plain oval heater rests on a wire rim within the plateau. It is formed of sheet and filled with sand. At the center of the underside is a shallow dome, possible to accommodate an additional heating element stored in the pendant. The shaped oval dish has a broad molded border chased with scrolled foliage enclosing animal heads and a cast outer border of rosettes alternating with masks. Conjoined scrolls form a handle at each end. The domed bombé cover has an applied flaring rim with an ovolo border. The cover is chased overall with arabesques against a matted ground with an oval reserve at each side enclosing a monogram. The removable cast finial is modeled as a group of dead game birds.
ARMORIALS: cast and engraved on a shield held by putti, the arms, crest, and motto of Hope, probably for John Alexander Hope, sixth Earl of Hopetoun (1831-1873).
INSCRIPTIONS: stamped on underside of dish, 2959 HUNT & ROSKELL LATE STORR MORTIMER & HUNT
On side of dish, lion passant (repeated on finial, underside of stand, one wing of each angel, heater, and all original nuts); leopard's head (repeated on heater); date letter L (repeated on underside of stand and heater); maker's mark ISH (Culme 8358) (repeated on finial, underside of stand, one wing of each angel, and underside of heater).
Sold Christie's, London, May 21, 1969, lot 162, purchased by Ferrara; estate of Scott Newhall, sold Christie's, New York, April 22, 1993, lot 296, purchased by Partrige Fine Arts, PLC, London, purchased September 22, 1993, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund. (Accession Date: September 22, 1993)
EDA Purchase Fund