A very pretty antique silver bottle stand with a pierced work border and bead top edge. With a turned hardwood centre. Typical of the work by this sought after English lady silversmith the coaster has a simple classical design with bands of bright cut engraving and a cut work flowers and bows. Height 4 cms. Diameter 12 cms. Sterling silver.
London 1785. Maker Hester Bateman.
This pretty silver bottle stand is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. The silver hallmarks are punched on the edge of the base and are difficult to photograph clearly – in real life it is easy to make out the hallmarks but the makers mark is badly stamped, only the distinctive “H” is clear but is undoubtably Hester Bateman. 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.
Hester Bateman (1708–1794) is probably the most well known of all English lady silversmiths and her work is highly collectible. She successfully ran her family business for thirty years following the death of her husband and was succeeded in turn by her sons, grandson and great-grandson and the Bateman family silversmithing company lasted until the middle of the nineteenth century.