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Royal Silver Gilt Tazze by Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith

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Pair of silver gilt tazzas was crafted by the famed partnership of Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith

Key Features

  • Pair of silver gilt tazzas was crafted by the famed partnership of Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith
  • Crafted for King George III, these tazze bear an extraordinary grapevine motif
  • Scott and Smith were among the most prominent silversmiths of the Georgian era
  • Each tazza finely details the Royal Coat of Arms circa 1801-1816
  • Hallmarked London, 1803
  • 12" diameter x 3 1/4" high

Item Details

  • Height:
    3 1/4 Inches
  • Diameter:
    12 Inches
  • Period:
    18th Century
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
This extraordinary pair of silver gilt tazze was crafted by the famed partnership of Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith for King George III. Scott and Smith were among the most prominent silversmiths of the Georgian era, and were particularly known for the outstanding quality of their pierce-work. These tazze bear the finest example of their art in the form of a highly detailed, openwork grapevine decoration. The masterfully hand-chased royal coat-of-arms also demonstrates the artistic heights which this renowned partnership reached.

Hallmarked London, 1803

12" diameter x 3 1/4" high

The partnership of Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith produced some of the greatest silver works of the Regency period, and their repertoire often included brilliant royal commissions such as these tazzas. Scott and Smith jointly ran workshops located in Greenwich, England from 1802 to 1807 and during their brief partnership were the principal suppliers of silver masterpieces to Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, the official "Jeweller, Gold and Silversmiths to the Crown" from 1798 to 1843. Working on the cusp of the late Georgian and early Regency periods, the works of Scott and Smith often feature elements of the Neoclassical style, such as the pierced grapevines in these tazzas, all crafted in exquisite, sumptuous detail. Another of the pair's royal commissions for George III include the Duke of York Baskets, created for the King's second son, Frederick Augustus (1763-1827), which are currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum in Australia.
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