A Rare Set of Three James II Casters

Maker's Mark I.L possibly for John Leach
7" and 5.5"

Each of cylindrical form on moulded spreading bases pierced with hearts, star motifs and "comma" scrolls below two applied reeded bands. The fronts with contemporary engraved armorials and the tops with bayonet fittings. The baluster finials surrounded by 5 trefoils of cut card work and all above piercing of clusters of pellets, stars, hearts and scrolls.


The Arms are those of Banks

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These would appear to be the third earliest known set of Casters, the earliest being a wonderful fluted design now in Manchester City Art Gallery made by Anthony Nelme in 1683. Another set of 1684 were sold by Sotheby's, London, 12th November 1998, lot 244 made by W.B with a mullet below, sold for £16,100.

Each caster is fully marked on the body and the customary lion passant and maker's mark on the tops.