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A rare early George III Neo Classical Drinks Salver made in London in 1771 by Elizabeth Cooke.

The Salver is circular in form and stands on three cast claw and ball feet. The raised shaped rim is decorated with applied beading interspersed with foliate scrolls, all above raised bluebell garlands interspersed with flower heads. The centre of the Salver is engraved with an unusual contemporary Crest, surrounded by a circular linear cartouche decorated with ribbons and trailing flowers. The Salver is in excellent condition and is very well marked on the reverse. The work of this Lady maker, Elizabeth Cooke, is extremely rare and she most probably the widow of the silversmith. Thomas Cooke II.

This design, originally attributed to the Royal Architect, Sir William Chambers, is based on drawings carried out by Chambers' pupil, John Yenn ( 1750-1821 ) which are in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The design was first used by Chambers in the 1760's after the 4th Duke of Marlborough employed the celebrated architect to undertake extensive alterations to Blenheim Palace and Marlborough House in London. The Duke also ordered a silver dinner service from Parker & Wakelin in this very design attributed to Chambers. Stylistic similarities, as well as the use of heavy swags, can be seen in Chambers' model for a state coach for George III (also in the V & A). Similarly, the bluebell festoons and paterae relate to Chambers' work on the East Gate at Blenheim. Some pieces from the Marlborough Service still survive at Blenheim Palace and other known examples are a Tureen in the Leeds City Art Gallery.

Diameter: 10.1 inches, 25.25cm.
Weight: 20oz.


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