Antique Silver Serving Slice
Maker: Samuel Courtauld I
A rare early antique silver serving slice with an elegant turned hardwood handle. The pierced silver surface is decorated with...
A rare early antique silver serving slice with an elegant turned hardwood handle. The pierced silver surface is decorated with foliate scrolls and flowers. Hand engraved to the reverse is a large lion crest crowned. Total weight 189 grams, 6 troy ounces. Length 31.5 cms. Width 11.4 cms. Sterling silver. London 1753. Samuel Courtauld I (Grimwade 2489).
Literature: The serving slice was first made in silver in the second half of the 18th century, the early examples having triangular blades, usually pierced with scrolling motifs and often engraved. This serving slice, perfect for cake, was originally intended for serving fish.
This lovely silver serving piece is in very condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks; the piercing has removed part of the date letter and makers mark but they can still be made out. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Maker: Samuel Courtauld I
Samuel Courtauld I ((1720–1765), London silversmith, apprenticed to his father Augustin Courtauld 1734, free 1747. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1746. 2nd mark 1751. He married Louisa Perina Ogier in 1749 and they had 4 daughters and 3 sons of whom the eldest, Samuel II (1752 1821), followed his father into the Goldsmith’s trade. On Samuel I’s death in 1765 his wife Louisa Perina continued the family business and entered her own widow’s mark. Samuel Courtald I’s work is quite rare as few pieces of his work have survived and Grimwade describes Samuel’s silverwares as “characterised by a mild rococo taste, attractively executed…”.
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