George III Antique Silver Coffee Pot, London 1767

GBP 2,950.00

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Object Description

A rare and very charming silver coffee pot, embossed with Chinese figures and exotic birds and plants. With a tall and graceful baluster form, wooden scroll handle and a cast silver finial in the form of an oriental gentleman. To the front there is a small hand engraved armorial with motto “I’ll Defend”. Good patina.

Contains 1250 ml.
Weight 1127g, 36.2 troy oz.
Height 31.5cm. Spread 21.5cm.
London 1767.
Maker Thomas Whipham & Charles Wright.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of silver marks, lion mark to the lid.

Maker: Thomas Whipham & Charles Wright

Thomas Whipham, London silversmith. Apprenticed to Thomas Farren 1723, free 1737. First mark entered as largeworker 1737. Second mark 1739. Third mark, in partnership with William Williams I (also apprenticed to Farren in 1731), 1740. Livery 1746. Court 1752. Fourth mark, in partnership with Charles Wright October 1757. Warden 1765-7, and Prime Warden 1771. Recorded in 1780 as the purchaser of the church plate of Stoke Bruern, Northants, for £50.12s.8d., the new set having been made by his partner Wright in 1776. In 1743 Whipham entered the widow Ann Farren’s mark on the death of Thomas Farren by power of attorney and probably acting as Farren’s executor. It is not known if he succeeded to the business and he did not move to Farren’s address, possibly his wife was a Farren. Thomas and Frances Whipham had a daughters Frances (b. 1741), Anne (b. 1742) and Mary (b. 1744) and a son Thomas (b.1747). Whipham died 1785 and was succeeded by his son Thomas. Thomas junior was free by patrimony 1768. Livery 1769, Court 1777, and Prime Warden 1790. He died 1815.

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Object Literature

Chinoiserie decoration is very rare. It was popular for a very short time from the very late 17th century to the early Queen Anne period and experienced a revival in the mid 18th century. See our article on chinoiserie silver.

Object Condition

This handsome antique silver pot is in very good condition The pot has been tested for water retention and does not leak. Shows minor wear commensurate with age and a small fault to the base of the wooden handle.

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