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John Robins A Rare George III Nine Basket Silver Epergne Centrepiece

Silver                                                                                                                                                                      London, 1796                                                                                                                                                      
Maker’s mark of John Robins

Height: 46.4cm, 8.25in         
Weight: 4,705g, 151oz                                                                                                                                          
 

Provenance

Christie's, London, 24 April 1968, lot 84
with S.J. Shrubsole 

Silversmith Biography

Son of John Robins of Brewton (Bruton) in the County of Somerset mason, apprenticed to Richard Wade 3 October 1764 on payment of £20 and turned over 27 January 1766 to David Whyte Citizen and Goldsmith consideration being paid over to him. Free, 6 November 1771. First mak entered as plateworker, 20 October 1774. Address: 5 St John Street. Moved to 67 Aldergate Street, 18 July 1781. Livery, March 1781. Second mark (two sizes), 7 August 1787. Moved to 13 Clerkenwell Green, 5 February 1749. Heal records him as if two seperate identities, one as plateworker, St. John's Street, 1774-1800, and Clerkenwell Green, 1795; the other as goldsmith, Aldersgate Street. Died 2 September 1831.

Description

Bearing the crest of Hope anciently attire resting her dexter hand on an anchor and holding in the sinister a savages head. Probably for Eglington, Earl of Montgomerie, Eglington Castle, Irvine
The frame on four tapering and reeded feet, with a cast oak leaf apron, supporting a central frame with laurel garland and fluted central basket, with four leaf-capped scroll arms, each supporting a conforming oval basket, the frame with four additional detachable baskets, each basket engraved with a crest, fully marked

A Rare George III Nine Basket Silver Epergne Centrepiece Reference: DT20.50.16