The Lockhart ewer and basin
- Art Funded
- Ewer height: 19.8 cm; basin width 41.5 cm
- Art Fund grant
- £5,000 (Total: £35,600)
- Capt WFL Newcombe CBE
French 17th-century silver is extremely rare, particularly the bigger pieces with lavish decoration, and some types are known only by documentary evidence or from paintings, prints and tapestries. Although their forms are typically French, the ewer and basin are unmarked, which has given rise to doubts as to whether they are indeed French.
Thought to have been given by Louis XIV to Sir William Lockhart of Lee; by descent. Captain W.F.L. Newcombe CBE.
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