Powderham Waiter

Waiter
1698-1699 (hallmarked), 1823-1825 (chased)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver-gilt, raised, cast, chased, engraved
Brief Description
Waiter, silver-gilt, Benjamin Pyne, 1698-1699 with later decoration attributed to Edward Farrell, 1823-25.
Physical Description
Silver-gilt dish of hexagonal form on six paw feet with a moulded foliate border. It is chased around the rim with a frieze of putti and hounds with scrolling acanthus leaves on a matted ground. The centre of the dish is engraved with the arms of Courtenay, probably for William Courtenay (1628-1702) of Powderham Castle, Devon.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 21.6cm
  • Weight: 728g
Style
Credit line
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object history
Provenance: Probably Sir William Courtenay, Bart., Powderham Castle, Devon. Uppark Heirlooms, 1920. Sale, Sotheby's, lot 73, April 22, 1942. H. Pickup, sale, Sotheby's, lot 111, October 30, 1947. Purchased from Garrard and Company Ltd., London, 1981.
Historical context
Used for presenting filled wine-glasses to dinner guests seated at table or for serving dessert
Associations
Summary
Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.
Associated Object
Bibliographic References
  • Bowman, Leslie Greene. 'Huguenot & Rococo Riches'. The Antique Collector, vol. 56, no.11, November 1985, fig. 2, p.105 Murdoch, Tessa. ‘A set of silver-gilt waiters by Benjamin Pyne for the Courtenay family of Powderham Castle, Devon’, The Burlington Magazine, 160, June 2018, pp.478-485
  • Schroder, Timothy. The Gilbert collection of gold and silver. Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1988, cat. no. 35, pp. 148-51. ISBN.0875871445
Other Numbers
  • SG 118B - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • 1996.179 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • GB 215 - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • 1998.17 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • GPAF
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:GILBERT.592-2008

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record createdJune 19, 2008
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