605
605
A rare pair of William III Irish silver peppers, Thomas Bolton, Dublin, 1696-98
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
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605
A rare pair of William III Irish silver peppers, Thomas Bolton, Dublin, 1696-98
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A rare pair of William III Irish silver peppers, Thomas Bolton, Dublin, 1696-98
each of inverted baluster form with fluted upper sections above a moulded girdle, the pierced covers with gadrooned rims and mounted coral finials, the bodies engraved with a monogram below a Baron's coronet, the covers engraved with a later crest below an Earl's cornet
9.5cm., 3 3/4 in. high
181.9gr., 5oz. 15dwt.
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Provenance

The later crest and coronet is for the Earl's of Milltown, probably for Joseph Leeson, 1st Viscount Russborough, the Irish peer and politician.

Catalogue Note

Thomas Bolton is widely considered to be one of the great Irish silversmiths to emerge during the flowering of Irish silverwork in the late 17th century. His work was versatile and avant garde with unique flourishes of ornament, as can be seen with the coral finials on the present peppers. He is recognised for pieces including toilet sets, of which these peppers probably originally formed part of, as well as cups, jugs, tea canisters, stands, and monteiths. After registering his first mark in 1686 he rose to become assay master (1690) and subsequently Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1692. Bolton’s contribution to the city of Dublin was considered so significant that Bolton Street, on the north side of Dublin’s Liffey river was named after him.

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