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William Grundy A George II Chinoiserie Coffee Pot

Silver
London, 1753
Maker’s mark of William Grundy

Height: 26 cm, 10 ¼ in.
Gross Weight: 1169 g, 37 oz 11 dwt
 

Additional Images Silversmith Biography

The silversmith William Grundy was apprenticed to Edward Vincent and obtained his freedom in 1739. His first mark as a large plate worker was entered in 1743, when he is registered with an address in Fetter Lane. In 1748 and 1754 he registered a second and third mark, having become a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company. He also appears in the Parliament Report list of 1773, where he is described as a plate worker. In 1779 he entered a partnership with Edward Fernell. He probably died before 1780 as in that year his business partner registers a mark of his own.

Description

Of bombé form on a shaped rocaille foot with chased shells. The main body chased and applied on both sides with chinoiserie pastoral scenes in rocaille cartouches and surrounded by swirling festoons of flowers and scrolls, the lid surmounted with a floral finial. The spout shaped as a duck’s head with bacchic mask terminal, the shaped wooden handle issuing from a wolf mask and finished with a scroll.
 

A George II Chinoiserie Coffee Pot Reference: DT21.65.1