Extravagant English Silver Plate Cut Glass Surtout de Table Set
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This is a fabulous stunning and thoroughly extravagant new silver plated centrepiece set in the Victorian style.
It is English, made in London, and is silver on copper.
The set comprises:
* a silver plate cut glass centrepiece with eight small cut glass bowls and a large cut glass bowl in the centre - this central bowl can be removed so that the silver plated vase below can be used for flowers
* a pair of silver plate comports with cut glass bowls
* a large and impressive silver plated three section mirrored plateau in the classic English style, with beautiful fret gallery, also know in French as a "Surtout de table".
The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this set and this exceptional ensemble is sure to add an unparalleled touch of class to any fine dining experience.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 20 x Width 139 x Depth 50 - Plateau
Height 52 x Width 69 x Depth 69 - Centrepiece
Height 33 x Width 28 x Depth 28 - Comports
Dimensions in inches:
Height 8 inches x Width 4 feet, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches - Plateau
Height 1 foot, 8 inches x Width 2 feet, 3 inches x Depth 2 feet, 3 inches - Centrepiece
Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 11 inches x Depth 11 inches - Comports
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 01361
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