PROPERTY OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
A GEORGE III SILVER TRAY, JOHN CROUCH I & THOMAS HANNAM, LONDON, 1781
the tray on four beaded openwork panel feet, matching border with medallions of putti at intervals, the center engraved with contemporary arms, with a wood table
marked on base and rim
189 oz 5 dwt
length of tray 28 in.; height on table 18⅞ in.
71 cm; 48 cm
Where rim attaches underneath with 2" part of the flange split and pulled back/dented, otherwise tray in good condition; wood table with some surface scratches, particularly along upper rim where tray rests and at the tops of the legs where the tray feet rest.
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NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
The rim is cast with four cameos of cupid, each repeated three times as follows: with brazier, lighting a pair of hearts, carrying a flaming torch and releasing a bird from a nest. The cameo of cupid with brazier appears on a teapot by the Swedish-born Andrew Fogelberg, London, 1777, in the Victorian and Albert Museum (accession number M13-1963). Fogelberg’s shop on Church Street was near that of the gem engraver and modeler James Tassie, 1735-1799, and he used his vitreous paste cameos as a source.
The arms are those of Milnes with another in pretense.