Art writer PAS Phillips wrote that nothing more successful as table ornaments ever emanated from the goldsmiths workshop than the magnificent shell baskets of the 18th-century.
Silver Shell Basket by Phillips Garden, 1754
© Temple Newsam House
- 23 x 35 x 38 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £15,000 ( Total: £79,000)
- Acquired in:
- Christopher Hartop
This basket takes the form of a shell, supported by three dolphins which serve as feet. A mermaid with twin tails performs the function of a handle, and the rim of the basket is decorated with shells, scrolls and sea foam. This example is attributed to Phillips Garden, the son of John Garden, a freeman of the Drapers Company of London. Garden was one of a small group of virtuoso goldsmiths working in the high Rococo style, and was known for his elaborate business card, which he decorated with an engraving showing the interior of his premises in St Pauls churchyard.
Jodrell family; acquired by previous owner from S J Phillips in late 1950s/early 1960s; Christopher Hartop. An Art Loss Register certificate has been provided.
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