Description and Details
We are delighted to offer this splendid antique solid silver shell dish made in London 1908 by the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co Ltd.Silver connoisseurs will likely immediately recognise this design which pays homage to Paul de Lamerie's original design. Lamerie was highly regarded in his time with commissions from various royal families across Europe and is considered to be the greatest silversmith working in England in the 18th century.Ornate and exquisite even to the untrained eye, this design is nothing short of spectacular with each and every element being effortlessly elegant yet intricately planned out in the making.The entire dish is shaped in the form of a scallop shell with a single raised handle towards the base which fluidly extends into a figural terminal. Not only does the handle assist in moving the dish, but the manner in which it has been incorporated in the larger design is true to the Rococo style of fluidity, opulence and asymmetry. The dish itself features a fluted design with the outer section being finely pieced with ornate motifs that contrast the other silver surfaces and allow for light to shine through. The edge also serves an important artistic role by presenting a thick gadrooned border as if to 'contain' the overspilling Rococo motifs and maintain some form of geometric boundary. Following and accurately replicating the characteristics of Rococo/Rocaille design, this dish also presents itself in a way that invites the onlooker to view it from all angles. Consequently, this dish excites no matter the angle; for example, from the side, a slight slope towards the handle is evident, from above the spectacular piercing is on full display and towards the base, three cast dolphin figural feet can be seen supporting the bowl. Whilst this dish is undoubtedly a collectable and must-have for Rococo enthusiasts, it may also be utilised practically in the modern day due to its compact and versatile size. Perhaps a serving of bonbons or treats after a meal or using this dish to hold some exquisite seafood starters will best suit its opulence and marine theme to the fullest.
Aside from an unmistakable paring with other Rococo interiors and antiques, we absolutely believe that such wonderful historic objects with sophisticated artistic styles still have a place in modern designs and decors. It will perhaps serve as the contrasting piece which distinguishes and juxtaposes a more minimalistic modern setting. A set of English hallmarks are present on the base of the dish near the piercing.
*Please note: all images with other items are for display purposes only, this listing is for the item mentioned in the title.
- Size (cm) L:13cm W:12cm H:10.5cm
- Size (inches) L:5.11 H:4.72 H:4.13
- Weight: 266 grams (8.55 Troy oz) total.
Good Condition - This dish is in good overall antique condition with no issues or damage except in one area near the base of the shell where signs of restoration can be seen depending on the angle. To emphasise and highlight this, we have taken a photo up close for the last two images. It is not apparent from a normal viewing angle nor does it cause any structural issues, however is mentioned for accuracy.
We aim to overemphasize and state these issues to avoid disappointment and thus please rest assured they are not significant nor affect the usage of the items.
Please refer to the photographs to examine the condition in further detail.
We will always ensure your items are packaged with the utmost care and see the delivery through to the end. In the very rare and unfortunate case of non-delivery/courier loss, you are fully covered with us and we will fully refund you.
*Colours of the product may slightly differ from the photos due to different computer screens & lighting conditions*
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