In the neo-classical and Adam style, the bowl of hemispherical shape upon a spreading base with beaded border. The lower part of the body with a calyx of stiff leafage, each leaf with a ribbed spine and matted. The rim with a chased and embossed band of vitruvian scrolls and each separated by a bell flower, all on a matted ground and between two beaded bands. The circular plate with matching band of scrolls but with a single wire on a matted ground. Each piece engraved with the crest of a lion passant proper.
Probably Tessiers, circa 1965
Sir Halford Reddish
Sotheby's June 8th, 1972, Lot 6, One owner sale The Property of Sir Halford Reddish, full page illustration.
C.J. Vander Ltd. Purchased at the Sotheby's sale for £500
Probably J. H. Bourdon Smith Ltd. Circa 2000
Nicholas Shaw Antiques Circa 2002
Illustrated in: Peter Waldron, The Price Guide to Antique Silver, p.286, no. 919.
Some of the prettiest and most elegant silver of the 18th century was created through the designs and influence of Robert Adam especially when fashioned by such talented silversmiths as Andrew Fogelberg and Stephen Gilbert. The Victoria and Albert Museum have an unusual teapot on stand of the same date displaying similar decorative features. The fact that Sotheby's gave these pieces a full page illustration not only emphasizes their importance but also shows the popularity of such silver in the British market at that time. Today there is still a demand for fine neo-classical silver of the 1770's and 80's but very little appears on the market of this quality and with these decorative features.
It is interesting to note that 1784 was the year that Paul Storr started in the workshop of Andrew Fogelberg. Although Storr was formally apprenticed to William Rock, a Vintner, it is apparent that his silver training was under the partnership of Fogelberg and Gilbert.
What was the purpose of this Bowl and Plate? It may have been used for slops as part of a teaset or possibly given as a Christening present. The latter is unlikely as such gifts usually bore the initials of the recipient rather than an engraved crest (as on the bowl and plate). The most likely use would be for the dining table. The plate is of dessert size and if not required for eating may have been used for serving or even as a stand.
Sir Halford Reddish was the autocratic head of Portland Cement. During the 1960's Tessiers, under the leadership of Herbert Parsons and Clive Aston, were known to have supplied Reddish with silver.