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Salver

Salver

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1775-1776 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kandler, Charles (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt, with engraved, chased and applied decoration

  • Museum number:

    M.88-1955

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118; The Wolfson Gallery, case 8

Object Type
Salvers and waiters were trays carried by servants to present food and drink to diners with a ceremonial and formal politeness. Etiquette books of the late 18th century recommended that servants should 'give nothing but on a waiter'. The word 'salver' may derive from the Spanish salvar (meaning to preserve ), a reminder that it was necessary for food to be tasted before eating or drinking, especially for the heads of state in the medieval period, when poisoning was a real threat. Large salvers could also be used as glamorous display pieces on the dining-room buffets which returned to fashion in the late 18th century.

People
The wine cooler was ordered by Charles, 4th Earl of Tankerville, after his marriage to Emma Colebrooke in 1771. The arms of both form the central decoration of the salver. Tankerville was reported to be 'a very haughty honourable man ... but very communicative and entertaining ... His only remaining passion is for clever men, of which description he considers himself as one, tho' certainly unjustly'. The wine cooler was made by the silversmith Charles Frederick Kandler (active 1735-1778), now believed to be a family member and successor to the Rococo silversmith Charles Kandler (active 1727-1750), who emigrated from Germany to London in the 1720s.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1775-1776 (made)

Artist/maker

Kandler, Charles (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt, with engraved, chased and applied decoration

Marks and inscriptions

Engraved with the arms of Charles Bennet, 4th Earl of Tankerville (1743-1822) impaling those of his wife, Emma Colebrooke

Hallmarked for 1775 - 1776

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 cm, Width: 38.8 cm

Object history note

Made in London by Charles Frederick Kandler (born about 1695, died in London, 1778)

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Decorated salvers of this type were designed to be displayed on sideboards as well as to carry glasses and other vessels. The decoration of rams' heads and garlands of husks is in the style of Robert Adam, but the waved edge with rosettes in panels is derived from French silver. [27/03/2003]

Categories

Metalwork; Eating

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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