A George III Silver-Gilt Sideboard Charger
A George III Silver-Gilt Sideboard Charger

WILLIAM PITTS (worked 1781-c.1818)

A George III Silver-Gilt Sideboard Charger

1814 London

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Silver Gilt
London 1814
Maker’s mark of William Pitts
Diameter: 56.2 cm
Weight: 195.5 oz

Circular, the centre applied with a plaque in the 17th century manner depicting the Rape of the Sabine Women within a leaf and berry border, surrounded by a sunken well with finely chased and embossed band in the "Dutch bloom" manner of tulips and roses, the cast border in four sections depicting Classical and mythological scenes: The Gods on Mount Olympus with Apollo playing the lyre, Banquet of the Gods with Jupiter presenting Ganymede with a cup, and Hercules embracing Omphale, applied with slanted gadroon border of alternate plain and frosted beads
The present lot is illustrated as plate 1176 in V. Brett, The Sotheby's Directory of Silver (London, 1976) page 259.

For similar example of this style dish by the same maker see J.B. Hawkins, Masterpieces of English and European Silver & Gold (Sydney, 2000) cat 35, pp 90 - 91, the style and quality of the relief decoration work bear strong resemblances.

A. Phillips and J Sloane, Exhibition catalogue, Antiquity Revisited: English and French silver-gilt (London 1997) p.50, no 8.
Dimensions
Diameter 56.20 (22.13 inches)
Weight 195.50oz t (6080.05g)
Stock Code
21454.1
Medium
Silver-Gilt
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