A Monumental Victorian Pilgrim Bottle

C T & G FOX, LONDON (worked from 1841)

A Monumental Victorian Pilgrim Bottle

1858 United Kingdom

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This is an exceptional object in both the quality and its size. The arms and motto are those of Sneyd of Keele Hall, near Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire for Ralph Sneyd (1793-1870)
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The arms and motto are those of Sneyd of Keele Hall, near Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire for Ralph Sneyd (1793-1870), elder son of Walter Sneyd M.P. (1752-1829), sometime High Sheriff of Staffordshire, and his wife, Louisa (d. 1834), daughter of William, 1st Lord Bagot. Ralph Sneyd, a collector of books and works of art, who was High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1844, inherited the family estate upon the death of his father. Some 25 years later in 1854 he commissioned the architect Anthony Salvin (1799-1881) to replace the original late 16th Century Keele Hall with a large Tudor style mansion on the same site, a project which was completed in 1860.
It is not surprising that in 1858/59 Ralph Sneyd, his new mansion nearing completion, decided to add this present enormous pilgrim flask to his collection. For their part, Lambert & Co.,7 the firm from whom the flask had been purchased, were proud enough of their silversmith’s workmanship to borrow it for their display in 1862 at the International Exhibition. Featured at the very centre of their cabinet, it was one of the wonders of Class XXXIII, the section of the exhibition devoted to works in precious metals. The Times correspondent was impressed: ‘Mr. Lambert exhibits what may be termed a very fine collection, in which everything shown is the best of its kind [including] some very large pieces of plate, gigantic flagons and silver bottles.'
Dimensions
Height 79.00 cm (31.10 inches)
Weight 11000.00g (353.70oz t)
Stock Code
VN2
Medium
Silver
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