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18th Century Dutch Silver Miniature Toy Kettle - Arnoldus van Geffen
Reference: S1581
Period: George II
Year: 1733 or 1758
Silversmith: Arnoldus van Geffen
Place: Amsterdam
Price: $ 1 550.00
Weight: 18 grams
Dimensions: 3.5 cm height including handle
Condition: Excellent, no dents. Swing handle in perfect working order. lid is stuck, we have not tried to remove it.

Description: A rare 18th century Dutch silver miniature kettle, by Arnoldus van Geffen, the most famous of all the Dutch silver miniature makers. The kettle is circular with an S shaped spout and baluster finial, and has a swing handle, with lovely detail. An almost identical kettle, with a slightly less detailed handle, is pictured in the book "Miniature Silver Toys, Victor Houart, pg 51". This kettle, which is in the V&A museum in London, was also made by Arnoldus van Geffen in 1748. The same kettle is also pictured in "Silver Toys and Miniatures" by Miranda Poliakoff, pg 23, a V&A museum publication. The hallmarks are very clear, and include makers mark for Arnoldus van Geffen, a hunting horn in a heart. The Amsterdam town mark (crown above 3 crosses)is also present, alongside date letter capital Y for either 1733 or 1758 - these marks are very clear. Arnoldus van Geffen, who worked between 1728 and 1769, has been described as "the undisputed world leader in the field of miniature silverware" by Victor Houart, "Miniature Silver Toys", pg 62. He also describes van Geffen as "undoubtably the greatest of these craftsmen". A very similar miniature kettle, also made by Arnoldus van Geffen but in 1767, is depicted in the book "Tall and Small, Antique Dutch Silver Miniatures", by Aardewek Antiques of The Hague, pg 152, image 343 - we highly recommend this book.
18th Century Dutch Silver Miniature Toy Kettle  - Arnoldus van Geffen
18th century Dutch silver miniature toy kettle - arnoldus van Geffen

18th Century Dutch Silver Miniature Toy Kettle  - Arnoldus van Geffen
dutch silver miniature kettle, back view - van geffen

18th Century Dutch Silver Miniature Toy Kettle  - Arnoldus van Geffen
detail handle and lid

18th Century Dutch Silver Miniature Toy Kettle  - Arnoldus van Geffen
swing handle

18th Century Dutch Silver Miniature Toy Kettle  - Arnoldus van Geffen
arnoldus van geffen, amsterdam hallmarks

18th Century Dutch Silver Miniature Toy Kettle  - Arnoldus van Geffen
scale -dutch silver miniature

18th Century Dutch Silver Miniature Toy Kettle  - Arnoldus van Geffen
4 Dutch silver miniatures, left

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