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Bacchanalian Pattern Antique Silver Dessert Fork - Francis Higgins     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11079
Period: Victorian
Year: 1846
Silversmith: Francis Higgins
Place: London
Price: $ 270.00
Weight: 42 grams
Dimensions: 15.7 cm
Condition: Excellent, some scratches to back of tines from knive.

Description: A sterling silver dessert fork in the magnificent Bacchanalian pattern. This is one of the rarest English silver flatware patterns, it was originally produced by Paul Storr. The fork shows Bacchus, the Roman God of wine, riding a lion, whilst a topless Diana looks on, with another figure asleep at her feet. The back of the fork is also beautifully decorated, with a masque over a theatre curtain, and tilted amphora of wine. Bunches of grapes and vine leaves complete the decoration. The fork has original owners engraved initials AMD. The fork is extremely good quality, quite heavy to hold, and the hallmarks are clear. They include makers mark FH for Francis Higgins and London hallmarks for 1846. Bacchanalian pattern is shown in "Silver Flatware" by Pickford (pg. 127), where a dessert service made by Wakely and Wheeler is depicted. The pattern was originally designed by Thomas Stothard, the famous painter and designer, for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, the Royal silversmiths, in 1812, the first service was used by King George III. The other rare patterns in the same series include Boar, Fox and Stag hunt.
Bacchanalian Pattern Antique Silver Dessert Fork - Francis Higgins
Bacchanalian Pattern Antique Silver Dessert Fork - Francis Higgins

Bacchanalian Pattern Antique Silver Dessert Fork - Francis Higgins
Bacchanalian Pattern Antique Silver Dessert Fork

Bacchanalian Pattern Antique Silver Dessert Fork - Francis Higgins
Bacchanalian Pattern back of fork

Bacchanalian Pattern Antique Silver Dessert Fork - Francis Higgins
silver bacchanalian pattern mask

Bacchanalian Pattern Antique Silver Dessert Fork - Francis Higgins
Baccanalian pattern, engraved owners initials

Bacchanalian Pattern Antique Silver Dessert Fork - Francis Higgins
Francis Higgins silver hallmarks

Bacchanalian Pattern Antique Silver Dessert Fork - Francis Higgins
Paul storr fork design with scale

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