A handsome antique sterling silver table centre modelled as The Three Graces supporting an shaped openwork basket with a cast floral rim. The tall spreading base terminates in three large scroll feet. Excellent quality and fine attention to detail. Weight 2846 grams, 91.5 troy ounces. Height 43 cms. Diameter of basket 14 cms. Spread of base 26 cms. Hallmarked on the basket and base for London 1874. Maker E & J Barnard.
This superb sterling silver statue is in very good condition with no restoration. Stamped with a full and clear set of English silver hallmarks on the pedestal base and the edge of the basket. Each figure has the makers mark stamped underneath one foot. There is an unevenness to one side of the basket.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
The three mythological charities Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia, daughters of Zeus, were known in Greek mythology as The Three Graces, and were said to represent beauty, charm and joy. In Roman mythology they were known as the Gratiae. They have been depicted since ancient Greek times in many paintings and sculptures, including the 15th century Primavera by Botticelli and the 19th century neoclassical sculpture in marble The Three Graces sculpture by Antonio Canova.