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Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11192
Period: George III
Year: 1761
Silversmith: Pieter van der Kruyf
Place: The Hague
Price: $ 6 950.00
Weight: 511 grams
Dimensions: 23.6 cm height
Condition: Very good, small kink to main body, some small dents to pierced top, piercing in good condition with no splits.

Description: A magnificent 18th Century Dutch silver sugar caster (strooibus), made in The Hague in 1761 by Pieter van der Kruyf. The caster is large, just under 24 cm, and heavy at 511 grammes, the quality is superlative, this is a museum quality piece. The caster is the traditional baluster shape, but the main body has four twisted ribs, beginning at the foot, which swirl upwards, a very pleasing design feature. The roughly octagonal and cast base has 4 raised leaf like designs. The caster lid also has an attractive design, with very intricate piercings (rococo scrolls) and textured engraving. The finial is a cast flower bud. The hallmarks on the caster lid are clear, crowned lion rampant standard mark (fineness 934), The Hague (Den Haag or S Gravenhage) city mark (stork holding eel below coronet), date letter P crowned for 1761, all 3 of the marks are well struck. The 4th mark is makers mark PK in rectangular punch, the P is worn but the K is clear. There are no hallmarks on the base. A very similar sugar caster, made by Pieter van der Kruyf in 1768, is present in the Rijksmuseum collection, fully described and depicted on their website (www.rijksmuseum.nl). As can be seen, the pierced and engraved caster lid is almost identical, with very slight differences to the engraving, and a slightly different finial. The main body is also very similar, but the foot has a different design. The Rijksmuseum example is also depicted in the book "Dutch Silver" by M.H Gans, published in 1961, plate 93, and is also depicted in the book "Nederlands Zilver 1580-1830", pages 280-281, where it is incorrectly attributed to Pieter Kersbergen (the Rijksmuseum website clarifies the attribution to Kersbergen has been rejected). Another pair of very similar Dutch sugar casters, made by Reynier de Haan in The Hague in 1772, are depicted on the TEFAF website (www.tefaf.com, New York Fall 2018) exhibited by Aardewerk Antiquair Juwelier, they are a similar size and design with the twisted ribs, but slightly lighter (460 grammes each). They are described as "Louis XV style silver casters, among the largest of their kind ever made in the Netherlands", with provenance Sotheby's Amsterdam 1978, lot 496.
Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum
Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum

Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum
Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus)

Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum
Dutch Silver Sugar Caster piercing and engraving

Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum
Antique dutch silver caster detail

Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum
Pieter van der Kruyf, dutch silver caster foot

Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum
Antique dutch silver finial

Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum
Sugar caster lid interior

Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum
Dutch Silver Sugar Caster cast base

Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum
Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum

Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum
Pieter van der Kruyf, The Hague, 1761 silver hallmarks

Dutch Silver Sugar Caster (Strooibus) - Pieter van der Kruyf, Rijksmuseum
Pieter van der Kruyf, dutch silver caster scale

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