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Argyles & Sauceboats

Antique Silver Argyles, Sauceboats and Pap Boats are receptacles for serving sauces and gravy.

The Antique Silver Argyle is a gravy-warmer similar in shape to a covered coffee pot. The gravy is kept warm by various means. It is named after John Campbell (1723-1806), the fifth Duke of Argyll who hated the way that gravy arrived cold to the table from his kitchens at Inverary Castle during the cold Scottish winters. Argyles were produced up until the Victorian period in both silver and Sheffield plate. They are very rare and only a limited number now survive.

The Antique Silver Sauceboat was made its first appearance in the early 1700’s. The original form had two lips, one at each end, with two scroll handles and a spreading foot. This was quickly followed by the single lip form and by the 1740s nearly all examples had the traditional three feet. Usually oval, they were very occasionally octagonal or circular, and were originally intended for cold sauces.

The Antique Silver Pap Boat was originally used as a shallow feeding dish for a child or invalid. These appeared circa 1710 and fell out of manufacture about 120 years later. With their smooth elegant shape, they make ideal servers for sauce.

Antique Silver Tureens. Small sized covered tureens appeared circa 1760 and were used to serve sauces and gravy. The lid /cover helped to keep the contents warm.

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Argyles & Sauceboats

Antique Silver Argyles, Sauceboats and Pap Boats are receptacles for serving sauces and gravy.

The Antique Silver Argyle is a gravy-warmer similar in shape to a covered coffee pot. The gravy is kept warm by various means. It is named after John Campbell (1723-1806), the fifth Duke of Argyll who hated the way that gravy arrived cold to the table from his kitchens at Inverary Castle during the cold Scottish winters. Argyles were produced up until the Victorian period in both silver and Sheffield plate. They are very rare and only a limited number now survive.

The Antique Silver Sauceboat was made its first appearance in the early 1700’s. The original form had two lips, one at each end, with two scroll handles and a spreading foot. This was quickly followed by the single lip form and by the 1740s nearly all examples had the traditional three feet. Usually oval, they were very occasionally octagonal or circular, and were originally intended for cold sauces.

The Antique Silver Pap Boat was originally used as a shallow feeding dish for a child or invalid. These appeared circa 1710 and fell out of manufacture about 120 years later. With their smooth elegant shape, they make ideal servers for sauce.

Antique Silver Tureens. Small sized covered tureens appeared circa 1760 and were used to serve sauces and gravy. The lid /cover helped to keep the contents warm.

  • 1735

    John Chapman

    9581 George II Silver Sauceboats

    £4,500

    A good pair of antique sterling silver sauce jugs of plain oval form on a spreading foot. Scalloped rims. Each jug has a hand engraved armorial to the front. Good colour. Weight of pair 702 grams, 22.5 troy ounces. Height 10.2 cm. Bowl measures 15 x 10 cm. Spread 19 cm. London 1735. Maker John Chapman.

  • 1739

    William Garrard

    9665 George II Silver Pap Boat

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    A charming little antique silver feeding bowl with the plain styling typical for this period. Suitable as a small sauceboat. Weight 52 grams, 1.6 troy ounces. Height 3.5cm. Spread 10cm. London 1739. Maker William Garrard.

  • 1740

    Paul de Lamerie

    9690 George II Cream Boat by Paul de Lamerie

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    A superb antique silver cream jug made by the celebrated 18th century Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. A fine piece of exuberant rococo silver of naturalistic design incorporating boldly cast figural images, foliage, fruit and flowers. Very heavy and sits well in the hand. The shaped oval body stands on 3 shell feet with curious face masks and scrolling leaf terminals. The handle is formed as 2 intertwined snakes and attached to the body by a large flower rosette. Below the pouring lip is another face mask and the crest of an arm and sword. Both sides have a large applied decorative panel on a matted background. Weight 212 grams, 6.8 troy ounces. Height 9.4cm (to top of handle). Spread 12.4cm. Width 7cm. London 1740. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1749

    John Jacob

    10147 George II Antique Silver Cream Boat

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    A fantastic quality serving piece of plain oval form, typical of the George II period, with a shaped border, flying scroll handle in the form of an eagle’s head and three dolphin feet. The cast silver mounts are finely modelled and very realistic. To the front is a large decorative cartouche containing a hand engraved coat of arms. Weight 190 grams, 6.1 troy ounces. Height 9.4cm (to top of handle). Spread 15cm. Width 7.3cm. London 1749. Maker John Jacob.

  • 1755

    William Grundy

    9858 George II Silver Sauceboats

    £2,850

    A handsome pair of antique sterling silver sauceboats with typical classic shape and plain styling of the period. Large size and good weight. Hand engraved crest to the front. Each has a Latin inscription engraved to the underside, dated 1756, in old fashioned script. Total weight 874 grams, 28.1 troy ounces. Spread 22 cm. Height 13.9 cm (to top of handle). London 1755. Maker William Grundy. Sterling silver.

  • 1787

     

    9308 Georgian Campaign Jug

    £950

    Probably of medical interest. A rare and interesting antique sterling silver jug of simple form with a detachable handle with a turned wooden grip. Hand engraved to the front is a circular cartouche containing the Pollen family crest of a pelican and motto “De Tout Mon Coeur”. Contains 250 ml. Weight 184 grams, 5.9 troy ounces. Height 13 cm. Spread 16.5 cm. London 1787.

  • 1802

    Paul Storr

    7373 Georgian Silver Sauce Tureens by Paul Storr

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    A fine pair of antique sterling silver tureens. Elegant plain styling and oval boat shape with gadroon borders and ring handles. The bases have a hand engraved crest to the front of the foot. Excellent quality and good gauge silver as you’d expect from this world famous English silversmith. Weight 1403 grams, 45.1 troy ounces. Height 18cm. Spread 24cm. Tureen rim 17 x 11.5cm. London 1802. Maker Paul Storr.

  • 1805

     

    9740 George III Silver Tureens

    £9,500

    A substantial pair of antique silver tureens with matching covers having a plain background design, gadroon borders, and amazing applied decoration. The body with a band of classical face masks and coiling rope handles. The lids with artichoke finials rising from an arrangement of cast vegetables. There is a hand engraved crest to the front of the lid and tureen. The interior is lightly gilded. Weight 3371 grams, 108 troy ounces. Height 24.1cm (to top of finial). Spread across handles 24.1cm. Diameter 15cm. London 1805. Maker William Fountain. Sterling silver.

  • 1823

    Robert Garrard II

    9820 Antique Silver Sauceboats

    £3,650

    A magnificent pair of silver sauceboats by Robert Garrard with broad gadroon borders and shell feet. Exceptional quality and weight. Each has a large hand engraved armorial to the front with the motto “In Domi Confid”. Weight 990 grams, 31.8 troy ounces. Height 13.5cm (to top of handle), 7.9cm (lowest point of rim). Spread 20.2cm. London 1823. Maker Robert Garrard II. Sterling silver.

  • 1852 - 1853

    Robert Garrard II

    9733 Antique Silver Tureens

    £5,450

    A handsome pair of twin handled Victorian silver sauce tureens of boat shaped form on pedestal feet. Excellent quality and good weight. On a plain relief, the striking decoration incorporates bands of naturalistic motifs applied to lid and body, the handles with naturalistic flowering and trailing vines. Total weight 53.98 troy ounces. Height 7cm (including finial). Spread 15.5cm. London 1852/53. Maker Robert Garrard. Sterling silver.

    Literature. Small sized covered tureens appeared circa 1760 and were used to serve sauces and gravy. The lid /cover helped to keep the contents warm.

  • 1862

    Elkington

    9810 Antique Silver Sauceboats

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    An elegant pair of antique silver sauceboats with beaded borders. The bright cut engraving is particularly attractive. Each gravy jug has a hand engraved crest to the front of a gentleman holding a scythe. Weight (of both) 423 grams, 13.6 troy ounces. Spread 17.8cm. Height 9cm/11cm. Birmingham 1862. Maker Elkington & Co. Sterling silver.

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