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William and Mary Chinoiserie Silver Beaker

Date: 1692

Maker: John Richardson

Country: England

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An early English antique silver beaker of plain tapering design with simple foot wires. Dating from the late 1600’s. Compact size. Charmingly decorated with a band of hand chased decoration of birds and foliage in the Chinese style known as “chinoiserie”. To the front there is a hand engraved prick dot design containing “F.S” and the date 1693. Excellent patina and hand beaten finish.

Contains 160 ml.

Weight 74 grams, 2.3 troy ounces.

Height 8.1 cm. Diameter 7.2cm.

London 1692.

Maker John Richardson, a prominent cup and tankard maker known for chinoiserie silver.

Sterling silver.

Literature. Flat chased silver “in the Chinese taste” enjoyed a brief period of remarkable popularity from the 1670’s to the early Queen Anne period. Silverware of normal European forms was decorated with charming scenes representing Chinamen, birds and Chinese landscapes. The concentration of nearly all surviving examples within this clearly defined period, and the similarity of decoration on objects bearing different makers marks, point to a specialist workshop not yet identified, to which silver was sent by goldsmiths or their customers for decoration. This charming decoration of Chinese figures, birds, foliage etc. is rarely found and adds considerably to the piece.

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