Oval, with beaded, serpentine tops and finely pierced body with two motifs of acanthus decoration and another of a classical urn. Monogrammed cartouche to one side. Bright-cut swags to lower and upper edges of piercing. Stands upon legs with ball feet. Cobalt blue glass liners. Impressed London hallmark ‘b’ for 1777 and the maker’s mark for Hester Bateman (1708-1794).
Height 2” (5cm) Width 3.25” (8.5cm) Depth 2.5” (6.5cm)
Stock No. 1245
Hester Bateman was an English silversmith who ran her successful family business for 30 years following the death of her husband in 1760. Succeeded by her sons, daughter-in-law, grandson and great-grandson in turn, the Bateman name continued into the middle of the 19th century. Competing with her contemporaries who were producing many of their items in Sheffield Plate, she and her two sons, Jonathan and Peter, used modern technology both to produce thin-gauged sheet silver and to pierce and engrave patterns upon it. The Batemans specialised in household silverware in the neo-classical style with their work characterised by bright-cut engraving piercing and beading to the edges.