A PAIR OF SHEFFIELD PLATED DISH COVERS, PROBABLY BOULTON & FOTHERGILL OF BIRMINGHAM, THE DESIGN POSSIBLY BY JAMES WYATT, CIRCA 1777
A PAIR OF SHEFFIELD PLATED DISH COVERS, PROBABLY BOULTON & FOTHERGILL OF BIRMINGHAM, THE DESIGN POSSIBLY BY JAMES WYATT, CIRCA 1777
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A PAIR OF SHEFFIELD PLATED DISH COVERS, PROBABLY BOULTON & FOTHERGILL OF BIRMINGHAM, THE DESIGN POSSIBLY BY JAMES WYATT, CIRCA 1777

Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 USD

A PAIR OF SHEFFIELD PLATED DISH COVERS, PROBABLY BOULTON & FOTHERGILL OF BIRMINGHAM, THE DESIGN POSSIBLY BY JAMES WYATT, CIRCA 1777

Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 USD

Lot Sold:1,750USD

Lot Details

Description

THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN


A PAIR OF SHEFFIELD PLATED DISH COVERS, PROBABLY BOULTON & FOTHERGILL OF BIRMINGHAM, THE DESIGN POSSIBLY BY JAMES WYATT, CIRCA 1777


fluted oval form with Vitruvian scroll border and bellflowers, script monogram

length 13½ in.

34.2 in

Condition Report

Bleeding to high spots, 5 bellflowers missing, otherwise good.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

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.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Bourdon-Smith, London, 1995

Bilby & Holloway, January 13, 1996

Literature

Kenneth Quickenden, "Elizabeth Montagu's Service of Plate: Part 2," Silver Studies: The Journal of The Silver Society, 19 (2005), fig. 9, p. 33.

Catalogue Note

This model of dish cover has been associated with the important Neoclassical dinner service delivered for bluestocking Elizabeth Montagu. The group was ordered by her from Boulton & Fothergill, and was made probably to designs by the architect James Wyatt. The finials on the dish covers and design of radiating bellflowers match the silver soup tureens of the service, 1776-77 (partial and promised gift to the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky) and the sauce tureens (Birmingham Assay office). 


The service would have been used in Mrs. Montagu's impressive freestanding house in Portman Square, where she employed James Wyatt from 1780 to finish the interiors; he had been supplying designs for Boulton & Fothergill from at least the middle of the preceding decade.

Style: Silver, Ceramics, Furniture
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