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Victorian Silver Cherub or Amorini Salt Cellar     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1902
Period: Victorian
Year: 1848-1886
Silversmith: William Stocker
Place: London
Price: $ 1 200.00
Weight: 241 grams
Dimensions: 14 cm across, height 7.8 cm
Condition: Excellent.

Description: A magnificent Victorian cast silver Cherub salt, a replica of a style introduced by Paul de Lamerie. The salt have a cast vine leaf bowl, supported by a cherub with arm outstretched, and two dolphin feet supporting the bowl. This is fabulous quality, and the condition is excellent. The cherub (also called amorini and putti, but not cupid as no wings present) is naked except for a small loincloth, he is well modelled, note the detail of his hair. The bowl is a cast vine leaf, also well modelled, and the 2 stylised dolphin feet are copies of those used by Lamerie. The salt is solid, and stands well on the table, no wobble at all. Traces of original gilding are still visible, especially on the harder to reach areas on the body of the cherub (we imagine much of the gilding has been polished off over the years. The cherub is hollow, the casting hole visible under his bottom. The salt is clearly hallmarked on the vine leaf, with makers mark WS in distinctive punch for William Stocker, along with Victorian duty mark and lion passant (no date letter or town mark present). The salt is also hallmarked on the foot of the putti, with Victoria duty mark and lion passant. William Stocker was founded in 1848, it was continued by his son Robert Stocker in 1886, and became Stocker Brothers from 1909 until it's close in 1927 (Culme, Gold and Silversmiths, page 434). They were known for their replicas of 16th, 17th and 18th century style, and supplied many leading retailers with their designs. They also made "many of the outstanding pieces designed by craftsmen working and teaching at the Central School". Note - This salt matches the set of 4 S 1900.
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