Description & Technical information

This magnificent dish typifies Pitts interest in combining design elements from various antique sources. The plaque in the centre of dish appears to be a casting from a late 17th century relief of the Rape of Sabines, based on an antique model. There are two similar dishes in the royal collection also by Pitts. Pitts seems to have been of the first 19th century to incorporate antique plaques or castings of them in his work.

The border of the dish comprises of cast classical scenes: the Banquet of the Gods with Ganymede presenting Jupiter with a cup, Hercules embracing Omphale, and the Gods on Mount Olympus with Apollo playing the lyre.

Weight: 195.5 oz

Date:  1814
Period:  1750-1850, 19th century
Origin:  England, London
Medium: silver-gilt
Signature: Maker’s mark of William Pitts

Dimensions: 56.2 cm (22¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: From the collection of Audrey Love
Al-Tajir Collection
Literature: The present lot is illustrated as plate 1176 in V. Brett, The Sotheby's Directory of Silver (London, 1976) page 259.

For similar example of this style dish by the same maker see J.B. Hawkins, Masterpieces of English and European Silver & Gold (Sydney, 2000) cat 35, pp 90 - 91, the style and quality of the relief decoration work bear strong resemblances.

A. Phillips and J Sloane, Exhibition catalogue, Antiquity Revisited: English and French silver-gilt (London 1997) p.50, no 8.
Categories: Silver