The Hopetoun Sconces by James Penman

The Hopetoun Sconces are unique in the corpus of Scottish historical silver since no other examples of Scottish-made wall sconces have survived.

Details

Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Each 25 x 18 cm
Art Fund grant:
£21,000 ( Total: £84,000)
Acquired in:
2006
Vendor:
Sotheby's

They were probably made as part of the original furnishings of the first Hopetoun House, one of the great 'Houses of State' in which was amassed an extensive collection of fashionable silver to complement the architecture of the house. The Hopetoun sconces are the most exuberantly decorated pieces produced by the talented and productive maker, James Penman.

Provenance

Hopetoun House, South Queensferry; Sotheby's (1953); S J Phillips; Sotheby's (2006).

Venue details

National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH1 1JF 0300 123 6789 www.nms.ac.uk

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