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George II Silver Cup & Cover by Francis Nelme

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George II Silver Cup & Cover by Francis Nelme

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This stunning George II-period covered cup is the work of Francis Nelme

Key Features

  • A highly detailed grapevine motif distinguishes this covered cup by Francis Nelme
  • Classical in form, this George II-period cup displays the organic Huguenot influence
  • Hallmarked London, 1735
  • 11 ½" wide x 6 ½" deep x 13" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    11 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    13 Inches
  • Depth:
    6 1/2 Inches
  • Period:
    18th Century
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
Grapevines of incredible realism and exquisite detail turn this silver cup and cover by Francis Nelme into an organic masterpiece. As the vines form the handles in a fully decorated twisting of branches, grapes and leaves, they also entwine the base, lower half and lid of the George II-era cup, almost overtaking the classical lines of the piece in a symphony of natural embellishment. As beautiful adornment and the engraved marital coat of arms and motto of the Le Quesne and Knight families testify, this lovely cup is a work of master artistry, created for a most privileged patron. This is truly a rare and exceptional find. Excellent condition.

Hallmarked London, 1735 

11 ½" wide x 6 ½" deep x 13" high

Francis Nelme was the son of Anthony Nelme, one of the most successful native English goldsmiths of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He apprenticed to his father from 1712 to 1719, and first entered his own mark in 1723. Like his father, his work reflects reflects a Huguenot influence. He ran his father business from the elder's Nelme's death in 1722 until 1739.

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