Digby Scott & Benjamin Smith

An Early 19th Century Cup & Cover

Digby Scott & Benjamin Smith

An Early 19th Century Cup & Cover

George III, London, 1805
Maker’s mark of Digby Scott & Benjamin Smith II

With a cast and applied coat-of-arms for Horton, Chadderton County Lancashire the 2nd son

Height: 49 cm, 19.29 in
Weight: 5,060 g, 162 oz 14 dwt
 

The cup on a round beaded pedestal foot. The bottom on the cup with acanthus and oak strapwork. The middle with a frieze of Vitruvian scrolls. The handles formed as twisting serpents terminating in Bacchic masks
The cover with similar Vitruvian scrolls and with a cast and applied band of grape and vines. The artichoke finial on grape and vine cast mount.
 

The partnership of Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith produced some of the greatest silver works of the early 19th century. Scott and Smith jointly ran workshops located in Greenwich, England from 1802 to 1807 and during their brief partnership were the principal suppliers of silver masterpieces to the esteemed firm of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell. At the time London's most prestigious firm, these jewellers and silversmiths supplied the official plate ordered by the Lord Chamberlain's office, and were the official "Jeweller, Gold and Silversmiths to the Crown" from 1798 to 1843. Working in the cusp of the late Georgian and early Regency periods, the works of Scott and Smith often feature elements of the classical revival style such as grapevines and rams' heads, all crafted in exquisite, sumptuous detail. One of their most renowned collaborative efforts, the Duke of York Baskets, created for Frederick Augustus (1763-1827), second son of George III, is currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum in Australia.

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