George II Antique Silver Strawberry Dish


Stock: 10315

Date: 1728

Maker: David Willaume

Country: England

A charming antique silver serving bowl with a scalloped border. Excellent quality, lovely patina. The hand engraved cartouche contains an...

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A charming antique silver serving bowl with a scalloped border. Excellent quality, lovely patina. The hand engraved cartouche contains an armorial for Howe impaling Von Kielmansegg with a Cornish chough to the left and a savage holding a club to the right. This form is usually called a strawberry dish or salad dish.

Weight 463 grams, 14.8 troy oz.
Diameter 21.2cm. Height 2cm.
London 1728.
Maker David Willaume.
Sterling silver.

A fine early 18th century dish suitable for serving fruit, bread and salad.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks.

Arms. The arms commemorate the marriage in 1719 of the 2nd Viscount Howe (1699-1735) and Baroness Maria Sophia Charlotte von Kielmansegge (1695-1782). Emanuel Howe was Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire (1722-23) and Governor of Barbados (1732-35). Charlotte served as Lady of the Bedchamber to the Princess of Wales. The motto “Ut cunque placuerit Deo” translates as “Howsoever it shall have pleased God”. See the images for the full Armorial report.


The silver dish is in very good condition with minor signs of age compatible with its age. Slight wear to the engravings.

Maker Information

Maker: David Willaume

David Willaume, Huguenot maker, born 7 June 1658, son of Adam Willaume, goldsmith of Metz on the Pont des Morts. His first mention in London was in 1686 at the Windsor Castle, Charing Cross. Married Marie Mettayer 1690. Free 1693/94 as David Williams. First mark as largeworker undated probably 1697. Second and third marks 1719. His children were Anne, born 1691, wife of David Tanqueray, David, born 1693, and Adam and Suzanne, born 1694 and 1696, died in infancy. Willaume seems to have retired about 1728 (when David II entered a mark of distinctly different type to his father) and he purchased the Manor of Tingrith, Bedfordshire. Died circa 1741. David Willaume I was an important silversmith and enjoyed the patronage of the wealthiest clients in England. His many outstanding pieces display the highest qualities of rich design and impeccable execution. Among his impressive list of important works are the magnificent pair of wine coolers (Duke of Devonshire), the Luton Hoo toilet service, the pair of ivory mounted vases (British Museum), and the punchbowl and cover (Trinity Hall, Cambridge). David Willaume II, apprenticed to his father the master Hugeunot silversmith David Willaume I in 1707, free 1723. First and 2nd marks entered as largeworker in 1728, roughly the time of his father’s retirement. 3rd mark 1739. He became High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in 1737. Goldsmith to the King 1744 and 1746. Died 1761.

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