James II Antique Silver Snuffer Tray


Stock: 10204

Date: 1685

Maker: Pierre Harache

Country: England

A very rare piece of 17th century silver from the highly sought after Huguenot maker Pierre Harache. This Jacobean silver...

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A very rare piece of 17th century silver from the highly sought after Huguenot maker Pierre Harache. This Jacobean silver snuffer tray is of triangular form with a pierced gallery to hold a pair of wick trimmers (not supplied) snugly in place.

Weight 802 grams, 25.7 troy ounces.
Spread 17cm. Platform size 14 x 4.8cm.
London 1685.
Maker Pierre Harache.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped on top with a full set of English silver hallmarks.

Literature: There were few snuffers made (in England) prior to 1700 and by the early nineteenth century more refined candles were introduced which no longer required the wick to be cut. Additional information available at http://www.oldandinteresting.com/tallow-candles-snuffers.aspx. Snuffers and trays were usually made by different specialists so even though the dates match, the makers will probably be different.


In very good condition with moderate signs of wear commensurate with age.

Maker Information

Maker: Pierre Harache

Many members of the Harache family of goldsmiths, being of the Huguenot faith, came to London from France during the period 1667-1681 to avoid persecution. The family was active in the production of fine silver plate for about a hundred years and was responsible for some of England’s most important silversmithing of the time. Pierre (Peter) Harache came to England in c.1680 and became free of the Goldsmiths Company in 1682. First mark (Sterling) in use in 1683. He took Simon Pantin as apprentice in 1686. Livery 1687. New Standard mark as largeworker, undated, probably 1697. Died c.1700. Pierre Harache’s work is of the highest standard in both design and execution. He used cut card work and applied decoration as well as engraving. His fine craftsmanship is evident in the many pieces currently held in British collections such as: Set of 4 candlesticks 1683 (Althorpe Abbey) Cut card porringer 1695 (Ashmolean Museum) Chocolate pot 1695 (formerly Noble collection) Toilet Set 1695 (Marquess of Exeter) Gold porringer and stand 1691 (Duke of Brunswick) Important ewer and dish 1697 (British Museum) Wine cistern of the Barber Surgeon’s Company Pair of pilgrim bottles 1699 (Eton College)

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