Description & Technical information

The present tazza, silver, has a nice, round form and is raised on a high, round foot. The foot is slightly profiled and is decorated with a gadroons-frieze. The same gadrooned motif is repeated on the rim of the tazza. On the middle of the mirrors, an engraved crest in a cartouche, rich decorated with flowers and feathers. Gadroons are a typical adornment for the early eighteenth century.

The tazza is a tablet with foot, which belongs to different kinds of sets. The ceremonial life-style imposed the keeping of a distance between the gentleman and the servant already before the eighteenth century. This is why the tazza was used as an “intermediary” object between the two. Moreover tazze were seen on the table during the ceremonial diner. Besides women often used these objects for their daily toilet and morning beauty care (see, for instance, Pietro Longhi, Lady at her Toilette, 1755-60, Ca' Rezzonico, Museo del Settecento, Venice).

Maker: Alice Sheene was presumably the widow of Joseph Sheene (marks ca. 1697-1700), since she had registered her mark on 29 April 1700 at the same address of the maker, after his death. Her activity is recorded until 1715.

Date:  1707/08
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  England, London
Medium: silver
Signature: City hallmark: figure of Britannia (Jackson 1921: 84)
Maker’s mark: initials “SH” under cross and above round point in a rhombic shield for Alice Sheene (Grimwade 1990, Nr. 2522)
Assay mark: lion’s head erased (Jackson 1921: 84)
Date letter for 1707/8 (Jackson 1921: 84)

Categories: Silver