Frosted Glass with Silver-Gilt Mounts
Maker’s mark of Charles Thomas and George Fox
Height of Ewer: 27.94 cm, 11 in.
Diameter of Basin: 27.94 cm, 11 in.
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Christie's, London, June 4, 2013, lot 390
On the retirement of Charles Fox II the family business was taken over by his sons Charles Thomas Fox (born 1801) and George Fox (born 1816). They entered conjoined marks in 1841 and 1843. Charles Thomas Fox retired from the firm in 1860 and George Fox continued running the firm entering his own mark in 1861. Other marks were entered in 1869 and 1891. After the death of George Fox his son Robert Frederick Fox (born 1845) continued the trade as C.T. & G Fox entering his own mark in 1910. The firm closed down in 1921. The firm of C.T. & G. Fox was established probably in 1801 as Turner & Fox; it was run by Charles Thomas Fox (c. 1801-72) and George Fox (c.1816-1910) from 1841. C.T. Fox retired at the end of December 1860, leaving George Fox as sole partner. C.T. & G. Fox are known for their 'novelty' silverwares, often copying historical models. Interestingly George Fox had worked as a shopman or salesman for Rundell Bridge & Rundell for thirty-seven years and kept a personal history of the firm. No doubt having learned so much from this great retail firm, it must have stood the Fox’s in good stead when starting their own businessDescription
To find a complete set of an ewer and basin is a find in itself, to see a set comprising of silver-gilt mounted glass, still with the original glass intact is an even rarer treasure. The fluidity of this object designed to pour and hold water is accentuated by the superb cast and chased lilies. The bowl itself designed to hold flower petals to scent the water.
Interestingly, George Fox was Paul Storr’s shop manager, working with the firm for thirty-five years. There is no doubt that Fox himself would have been inspired by Storr, who was not only a superb silversmith, but he was also an incredibly astute businessman.
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