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Table Ornament, one of two

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Table Ornament, one of two

Made by: Robert Garrard II

Currently in storage

About this object

The form of the table ornament is composed of three elaborate sections. It is topped by a finial of a female figure standing on a pedestal. She is nude to the waist, wearing a helmet and holding a ewer in her right hand. Next is a horizontal platform in openwork, composed of shells, leaf scrolls and four dragons, their heads raised, their wings forming the edge and their snake-like bodies coiling below to attach to the stem. A knopped stem links the platform with the stepped base which spreads downward to tripod feet. The base is composed of an urn with three feet resting at three open-mouthed lion masks, a drum-like section surrounded by three seated puttii playing musical instruments alternating with three peaked cap-like motifs, and three scrolled feet.

Made from:
Silver gilt
Made in:
London, England
Date made:
39.4 cm (15 1/2 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
MARK on base: Lion passant (sterling fineness, 1821-1896); Duty mark (Queen Victoria, 1842-1896); Leopard's head (London Assay office (faint)); Date letter gothic H (London 1843); R G surmounted by crown (makers mark of Robert Garrard II); scratched at the bottom of base: ENGLAND
Credit line:
Gift of Mrs. Augustus Riggs, 1974