Description and Details
We are delighted to offer this Victorian 6-piece set of solid sterling silver salt/butter shell dishes with the marks the Barnards, London 1855. Delightfully sculpted in scallop shell forms with three supporting feet, these shell dishes wonderfully capture the essence of Rococo and Rococo-revival style in silverware. The overall three-dimensional form and shape are sensationally crafter with beautiful curves and interesting features no matter the angle.True to the original Rococo philosophy & design, these shells feature a fluid and ornate design with scalloped edges and scrolled terminals as if to invite the viewer to take a look at it from all sides. Such dishes would predominantly have been used as salts on a dining table or perhaps as a butter dish on occasion, however, we believe that such versatile and elegant pieces of silverware have equally, if not more practical uses in the modern day.
For instance, complementing the nautical theme, one may wish to use them to serve seafood hors d'oeuvres such as caviar, prawn cocktails or even some oysters/scallops in an opulent and artistic manner.
Above: Some previous examples with other culinary ideas - a similar trio of Georgian silver shell dishes.
Furthermore, due to its bowl-like shape, it could also hold confectionery, serve a scoop of sorbet or, deviating from culinary uses, be used as an excellent jewellery tray on your side table to hold smaller rings, pearls and brooches. Owing to its gilt interior (gold on top of solid silver for additional protection from tarnishing) and its raised feet, despite its modest size, they certainly present an aura of splendour and magnificence. Whilst impressive in its own right, this set would most certainly further elevate the ambience of an interior setting with further antique wares or perhaps, act as a unique contrasting piece of interiorware in a more contemporary setting. A full set of English hallmarks are present on the base of the dish with matching marks for all six dishes.
*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:10cm W:9.5cm H:3.5cm
- Size (inches) L:3.93 H:3.74 H:1.37
- Weight: 745 grams (23.95 Troy oz) total.
Excellent Condition - The six shells are all in excellent antique condition with no issues or damage - only some slight wear and surface scratching as expected with antiques of this age.
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.
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