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  • Salver
    Pistrucci, Benedetto, born 1784 - died 1855
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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1822-1823 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pistrucci, Benedetto, born 1784 - died 1855 (designer)
    Rundell, Philip, born 1746 - died 1827 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 8

Place of Origin

London (made)


1822-1823 (made)


Pistrucci, Benedetto, born 1784 - died 1855 (designer)
Rundell, Philip, born 1746 - died 1827 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt

Marks and inscriptions


Arms (on reverse),scene and frieze

Engraved on the back with the arms of Neeld, with a baronets augmentation received in 1835.
St. George and the Dragon, in the central roundel closely resembles that for the Sovereign coin designed by Benedetto Pistrucci (1784-1855) issued in 1817, but there are several minor improvements including the equipping of the saint with a lance. The border frieze of horsemen is based on the Parthenon sculptures.

London hallmarks for 1822-3

Mark of Rundell, Bridge and Rundell


Width: 71 cm cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 50 / 2623
Bequeathed by Philip Rundell to his great-nephew, Joseph Neeld of Grittleton House, Wilts.. The salver must have been made for a special occasion and was never claimed.
Inscribed and engraved on the back RUNDELL BRIDGE ET RUNDELL AURIFICES REGIS LONDINI and with the arms of Joseph Neeld.

Elaborate salvers such as this were intended for display on a buffet or sideboard, rather than use on the table. The central design of St George and the dragon was probably provided by Benedetto Pistrucci, an Italian gem-engraver and medallist, who is known to have worked for Rundells. He engraved the subject of St George for the reverse of the new gold coinage in 1817. The frieze around the rim, based on the Parthenon sculptures, was probably drawn from a stock design in the workshops. Such mixing of design sources was common 19th-century practice, particularly in firms of the size of Rundells, which had its own design studios and a large turn-over of plate.

The salver must have been made for a client, but never paid for, since it was bequeathed to Joseph Neeld, Philip Rundell's great nephew. Despite being senior partner in the firm, and worth a reputed £1,250,000 on his death, Rundell was a notorious miser. It is most unlikely that he commissioned the salver himself.

Classical Ideal Exhibition RF.2009/1012

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt, London, 1822-3, mark of Phillip Rundell.


Silver; Gold




Metalwork; Food vessels & Tableware


Metalwork Collection

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