Antique Victorian Silver Vinaigrette Edward Smith 1864
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Designed to be carried by travellers and anyone with a sensitive disposition towards unpleasant odours, this Victorian silver vinaigrette is small enough to be unobtrusive yet large enough to be effective.
It measures just 1 inch in height by around 1 inch in length and depth so more or less a cube and perfect for carrying around without inconvenience.
Vinaigrettes, were usually small silver containers with a hinged lid, which, when opened, reveals a pierced grill which would be a tiny sponge holding various aromatic substances which were dissolved in vinegar.
Vinaigrettes were once fairly commonplace items amongst those who could afford them, enabling the owner to benefit from the pleasant odours given off whilst out and about amongst the less than fragrant streets and population of the 17th century and later.
In fact this is a very nice example of a later Victorian Vinaigrette silver which is very nicely decorated and carries the makers mark of silversmith Edward Smith and is hallmarked Birmingham 1864.
As you can see from the photographs, this Victorian vinaigrette is of a notched rectangular form and has scalloped sides with overall engine work decoration. On the lid there is a centrally placed medallion which is engraved “JH” and which opens to reveal a gilt interior with a front opening floral chased grille.
We are pleased to be able to offer this lovely silver vinaigrette for sale in excellent condition - please take a close look at the photographs supplied to confirm this.
To View This Antique Silver Victorian Vinaigrette
We always recommend that prospective purchasers of any antique silver piece should inspect the item that they are considering investing in personally if they possibly can and we recommend that you pay a visit to our north London showroom in order to see this fine silver vinaigrette for yourself. Whilst you are in the showroom you will also be able to view many other items of antique silverware, tableware, cutlery and other sterling silver items.
It is advisable however, if you do intend to make a journey specifically to see this antique silver vinaigrette to contact us before making a journey in order to confirm that it is still available as it may have already have been reserved or sold. Please quote the item’s unique reference number, as shown above, when contacting us so that we know which of our many pieces you wish to discuss with us.
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To view this Victorian vinaigrette in person you are invited to visit our north London showroom which is open to the public on Monday to Friday between the hours of 10am and 5pm for you to view and inspect this item. We also open occasionally on Saturdays but you are advised to contact us before making a journey on a Saturday as we do not open every week and would not want you to have a wasted trip.
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Shipping, Delivery and Returns
This is a very much sought after and collectable item and we want it to reach you in the same, excellent condition that it leaves us in. It will require expert packing and transportation in order to ship it safely to your address. We can deliver this silver vinaigrette to almost any location across the world and we will of course arrange the packing for you. However, before purchasing, please contact us for a shipping quotation so that we can fully understand and address your requirements. Please note that we deliver free of charge to mainland UK destinations.
If you are not satisfied with the item you receive, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this item unless we have inaccurately described it in some way and you do not receive the item as described. You must return the article in its original packaging and condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 3 x Width 2.5 x Depth 2 & Weight 0.4 troy oz
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 inch x Width 1 inch x Depth 1 inch & Weight 0.01 kg
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: 07490b