A fine pair of early English sterling silver footed salvers with a thick reeded border. Hand engraved to the centre of each is an armorial engraved within plumage feathers (the marital arms of Banks and Dethick*). You can still see the hand hammered finish on the feet. Total weight 758 grams, 24.3 troy ounces. Diameter 23.5 cms. Height 6 cms. Makers mark only stamped to the top of each for Ralph Leake (Jacksons page 137). Circa 1680.
Biography – Ralph Leake, London silversmith. Little is known about this fine 17th century silversmith however at some point he was working for the King’s goldsmith Sir Robert goldsmith and he also worked with Sir Christopher Wren.
Leake left a legacy of fine silverwares, many of which are on show in museums and galleries worldwide such as:
1. silver gilt chalice and paten dated 1683-1684 in the V & A collection.
2. The Royal Hospital Chelsea has a collection of magnificent silver-gilt altar plate hall-marked 1687-8 and made by Ralph Leake.
3. French fountain in the Getty Museum
4. Two wine cisterns – one in the V & A, the other belonging to the Goldsmith’s Company
5. The Marquess of Winchester’s Cup, on of the outstanding pieces of the Winchester College Collection.