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Thomas Gilpin A George II Rococo Kettle on Stand

Silver London, 1748 Maker’s mark of Thomas Gilpin
Height: 38.5cm, 14in.
Weight: 76oz 10dwt

Silversmith Biography

Son of Robert Gilpin late of Hockliff in the County of Bedford innholder deceased, apprenticed to John Wells 7 January 1720 on payment of £40. Freedom unrecorded. Mark entered as smallworker, 24 September 1730. 'Goldsmith at ye Acorn in ye Strand'. Second mark as largeworker, with third mark accompanying it, 2 July 1739. Address: 'Lincoln's Inn Back Gate'. This Heal expands to Serle Street, next door to Will's Coffee-house, where he succeeded Gilbert Langley , 1731-73. He appears as goldsmith, Serle Street, Lincoln's Inn; in the Parl. Report list 1773. His son Richard was apprenticed as an engraver to John Fielding, Citizen and Goldsmith, 1 July 1767. At his best, Gilpin is an extremely accomplished exponent of the rococo style. He is well represented by candelsticks and tureens in the collection at Althorpe.


Inverted pear form chased and embossed with c-scroll and floral motifs on a matted ground, the domed side-hinged cover applied with fruiting leaf finial, the spout modelled as a phoenix head, the body with a scroll cartouche to each side, one engraved with an armorial engraved shield, with wicker-encased carrying handle flanked by double-scroll junctions terminating in female heads, the separate stand with central burner below circular receiver and pierced apron of floral swags, raised on three leaf-capped scrolling shell feet. The arms of ETTRICK of co. Durham quartering LANGLEY.

A George II Rococo Kettle on Stand Reference: 22044.3