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Design for a silver cup and cover

  • Place of origin:

    England

  • Date:

    1805

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jean-Jacques Boileau, active 1787 and died after 1851 (designer and maker)

  • Museum number:

    8388:3

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case M, shelf 37

Physical description

Design for a silver presentation cup and cover, Profile, less than full size. Ovoid body with a domed cover The finial is formed as a figure of Victory blowing a trumpet standing on a globe on a ionic capital. The handles rise from two Neptune masks. On the body an anchor hanging from a garland supported by Neptune masks. The lowest base moulding in the form of a rope.

Place of Origin

England

Date

1805

Artist/maker

Jean-Jacques Boileau, active 1787 and died after 1851 (designer and maker)

Dimensions

Height: 216 mm, Width: 122 mm

Object history note

This design contains decorative elements of classical inspiration that Jean Jacques Boileau often combines in designs for silver.
Ovoid body with a domed cover. The finial is formed as a figure of Victory blowing a trumpet standing on a globe on a ionic capital. The handles rise from two Neptune masks. On the body an anchor hanging from a garland supported by Neptune masks. The lowest base moulding in the form of a rope.
This may have been intended for presentation to Vice Admiral Collingwood. In 1805 the corporation of Newcastle upon Tyne voted to give him a piece of plate following the battle of Trafalgar. The base for a cup presented to Colinwood survives in the collection of Tine and Wear Museums marked by William Burwash and Richard Sibley, London 1806 to 1807.Colingwood was a native of Newcastle.
This design shows the side of the cup, for the front see 8437.14 .
This and the other drawings by J. J. Boileau and his school were probably in the collection of A. C. Pugin and sold at Mr Wheatley’s rooms,4th June 1843, lot 469, Boileau’s (J.) “Series of drawings appropriated to the gold and silversmiths”, bought by Williams for 3 shillings.
Bought from Robert Jackson 24th May 18?? For one pound with seven others.

Descriptive line

Design a silver cup and cover, by Jean Jacques Boileau (active 1787 and died after 1851) c. 1805

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

M. Snodin, Connoisseur, J. J. Boileau A Forgotten Designer of Silver, page 124 to 133.
S. Jervis, Penguin Dictionary of Design and Designers, Penguin Books 1984

Materials

Pencil, pen and grey ink and grey wash. On wove paper. Laid down on card.

Subjects depicted

Cups; Mask; Anchor; Presentation; Prizes

Categories

Silver; Designs; English; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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