An Exceptionally Rare George Iii Neo Classical Cast Wine Coaster Made in London in 1774 by Peter Devignes
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: circa 1774
ORIGIN: England, England
MAKER: Peter Devignes
STOCK CODE: 374329
Wine Coasters are usually pierced from sheet silver and, in some cases, with applied cast decoration. This is the first time we have seen an example with totally cast sides. This exceptional piece is of a large circular form, with a beaded rim and base frieze chased with vitruvian scrolls. The sides are divided into four panels by Classical columns decorated with rams heads, with bluebell drops below. The sides are also decorated with classical anthemion motifs, in a heart shaped frame, with cascading scrolls between. The coaster has a silver base, which were made for the very top end of the market, instead of the fruitwood bases. The base is engraved with a contemporary Armorial, with Crest above, all surrounded by a crossed branch cartouche. The underside is also inset with a fruitwood base, turned so that it shows the crisp hallmarks. The coaster is in excellent condition and is of a good gauge, due to it being cast. This is a particularly rare example, as it is the first coaster we have seen with Adam ram's head masks incorporated into the decoration. Peter Devignes was of Huguenot descent and had workshops in Long Acre, Covent Garden, when this piece was made. His work is very rare, however he was known for his high Neo Classical designs. A Classical Oil & Vinegar Cruet, from his workshops, is shown in our archive.
The Arms are those of the Hall family of Hollybush, a small village then in Staffordshire, but now in Worcestershire. They are specifically those of Hugh Kirkpatrick (1748-1788). Hugh's son and heir, Thomas, was JP and DL for County Staffordshire and Captain of the Sudbury Volunteers. He died in 1865 at Holybush.
Height: 2 inches, 5 cm.
Diameter: 5 inches, 12.5 cm.
Weight: 12 oz.
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