Description: heavily cast, the shaped foot in the form of a shell-backed turtle after Adam Van Vianen (see his design for a fantastic ewer in
Modelli artificiosi di vasi diversi d'argento, pl. 34) supporting a baluster body of watery waves between curved scrolls above a feathery calex, further decorated below the lip with a winged female bust, scroll handle terminating in an infant's head and shell,
scratch weight: '10=8'
Dimensions: 10cm., 4in. high
Exhibited: Victoria and Albert Museum, Archive of Art and Design, SD.95.0050, folio 25:
'1741/42 Feb 25 . . .
'To gilding a cream Ewer 10[oz.] 8[dwt.] [cost] 1/2 [per oz.] [£]1=5[sh]'
The same entry includes:
'To a Slop basin 21[oz.] 6[dwt.] [cost] 6/2 [per oz.] [£]6=11[sh]=6d' (see Provenance, above)
Provenance: In the possession of the The Rt. Hon. William James Conolly (d. 1754) in February 1742
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Inherited by his second daughter, Ann (d. 1806), who married George Byng M.P. (1735?-1789) and then by descent to
George Byng M.P. (1764-1847), then to his brother,
John Byng, 1st Earl of Strafford of the third creation (1772-1860), then by descent until sold,
Christie's, London, 9 June 2005, lot 80 (when it was erroneously catalogued as 'supplied by George Wickes, London, 1731'); lot 78 in the same sale was a silver-gilt bowl on foot, George Wickes, London, 1741, 21oz. (for which see Literature, below)