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Vase and stand

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1809-1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Theed, William, born 1804 - died 1891 (designer)
    Storr, Paul, born 1771 - died 1844 (maker)
    Rundell, Bridge & Rundell (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt, cast, chased and engraved with applied ornament

  • Museum number:

    M.48C-1982

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 8, shelf 1

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1809-1810 (made)

Artist/maker

Theed, William, born 1804 - died 1891 (designer)
Storr, Paul, born 1771 - died 1844 (maker)
Rundell, Bridge & Rundell (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt, cast, chased and engraved with applied ornament

Marks and inscriptions

PS - Paul Storr, date letter for 1808-9 on liner and 1809-10 on vase; Inscribed RUNDELL BRIDGE ET RUNDELL AURIFICES REGIS LONDINI

Engraved with the Ormonde crest

Dimensions

Diameter: 27.5 cm, Height: 35.0 cm

Object history note

Ormonde family crest
From a set of two. Theed’s design is after a vase in the Villa Albani. It was engraved by C.H. Tatham and used by Rundell’s for a set of eight coolers by Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith (1808) in the Royal Collection, and for a set of four by Paul Storr (1809).

This vase and stand, one of a set of four, is typical of the kind of grand neo-classical plate demanded by wealthy clients to dress their buffets or dining tables in the early 19th century.

Decorated with a bacchanalian procession including Dionysus, Persephone and a drunken Silenus carried by two satyrs, it is based on a design by William Theed, who in turn was inspired by a classical vase in the Villa Albani. The pattern was extremely successful. It was first made as a set of eight by Benjamin Smith for the Royal collections, and then used repeatedly by Paul Storr, with minor variations.

Theed was a sculptor who ran Rundells' design studio until his death in 1817. His employment illustrates the common practise for major 19th-century firms to take on artists to design silver which was generally made by a firm of subcontractors (Paul Storr in this case). John Flaxman (1755-1826) and Thomas Stothard (1755-1834) were two of the most illustrious names connected with the firm.

Materials

Silver; Gold

Techniques

Casting; Chasing; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Egg and dart moldings; Chariots; Horses; Gadroons; Leopards; Satyrs; Crests; Trumpets; Attendants; Amphorae; Vines

Categories

Metalwork; Drinking

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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