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Wine taster: M.3-2009

Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Silversmith: Unknown

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Description

Silver with applied, engraved and punched decoration, set with a medallion

Silver with applied, engraved and punched decoration, set with a portrait medallion. Circular bowl with shallow curved sides and cast loop handle; the base set with a double portrait medallion of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The interior has an applied border of fleur-de-lis and punched pellets. On the base is a rope edged border which acts as a foot, above this the sides of the bowl are decorated with six applied vines alternating with symbols of wine making, including a jug, basket for grapes, tools and a barrel. Opposite the handle and beneath the barrel is engraved a swag of scrolling vine leaves and grapes. The loop handle is applied to the rim at right-angles to the body and is formed of two entwined snakes engraved with a diaper-work pattern of scales. The legends on the medallion are: on the obverse ‘LUD. XVI. FR. ET. NAV. REX * MAR. ANT. AUSTR. REG., and the signature ‘B. DU VIVIER’ for Pierre-Simon-Benjamin du Vivier; and on the reverse, which depicts a dolphin with a fleet of ships in the background, ‘ASSERENDI NOVA SPES COMMERCII’; and beneath is ‘REGI DE ORTU S.S. DELPINI / SEX MERCATOR. PARIS. ORDINES / GRATULANTUR / AUSP. DUCIS DE COSSÉ / URBIS GUB. DIE IV NOV. / MDCCLXXI’, The rim, to the right of the handle, is inscribed ‘E.F. de Darfort 1783’

Notes

History note: The donor's family

Legal notes

Given by Miss Jane Sandeman

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.2 cm
Weight: 301 g
Width: 14.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009-07-13) by Sandeman, Jane

Dating

1771 - 1783

Note

Date uncertain, possibly made in the 19th century

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Bowl Diameter 11.5 cm

Materials used in production

Silver

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: LUD. XVI. FR. ET. NAV. REX * MAR. ANT. AUSTR. REG
  • Location: Obverse
  • Method of creation: Struck or cast
  • Type: Legend
  • Text: B. DU VIVIER’
  • Location: Obverse
  • Method of creation: Struck or cast
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: ASSERENDI NOVA SPES COMMERCII’; and beneath is ‘REGI DE ORTU S.S. DELPINI / SEX MERCATOR. PARIS. ORDINES / GRATULANTUR / AUSP. DUCIS DE COSSÉ / URBIS GUB. DIE IV NOV. / MDCCLXXI
  • Location: Reverse
  • Method of creation: Struck or cast
  • Type: Legend
  • Text: E.F. de Darfort 1783
  • Location: On rim to right of handle
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: To left of handle:
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Location: To left of handle
  • Type: Warden's mark
  • Location: To left of handle
  • Type: Charge mark
  • Type: Discharge mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-2009
Primary reference Number: 167427
Entry form number: 789
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 February 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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