Antique Silver Figural Centrepiece

Date: 1874

Maker: Edward Barnard & Sons

Country: England

Stock Number: 8366

A handsome antique sterling silver table centre modelled as The Three Graces supporting an shaped openwork basket with a cast floral rim. The tall spreading base terminates in three large scroll feet. Excellent quality and fine attention to detail. Weight 2846 grams, 91.5 troy ounces. Height 43 cms. Diameter of basket 14 cms. Spread of base 26 cms. Hallmarked on the basket and base for London 1874. Maker E & J Barnard.

Literature: The three mythological charities Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia, daughters of Zeus, were known in Greek mythology as The Three Graces, and were said to represent beauty, charm and joy. In Roman mythology they were known as the Gratiae. They have been depicted since ancient Greek times in many paintings and sculptures, including the 15th century Primavera by Botticelli and the 19th century neoclassical sculpture in marble The Three Graces sculpture by Antonio Canova.

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