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A pair of George II silver Sauceboats.

A pair of George II silver Sauceboats, with leaf-capped handle and supported on three hoof-ended legs, the bodies engraved with a family crest, London 1740 by Humphrey Payne.

Payne, who was made free of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1701 and who died in 1751, clearly had a large and successful business. By 1740 he was established at the sign of the ‘Hen and Chickens’ in Cheapside and had entered into partnership with his son, John, by the time of his death. According to Arthur Grimwade, Payne’s work was ‘never in any way ambitious, appears to have been limited to plain domestic pieces in the hollowware category, covered cups, tankards, mugs, tea and coffee pieces. It is doubtful whether he produced candlesticks or other castings. While thoroughly competent, his work rarely shows any individuality of design.’ However, whilst it is true that Payne rarely produced pieces in the rococo style, his work is finely proportioned and well made. As Christopher Hartop pointed out in his fascinating work on the Domcha Collection,  ‘Geometry and the Silversmith‘, ‘the educated patron of 300 years ago was .. likely to be well versed in geometry and able to appreciate the subtleties of design of a seemingly simple cream jug or sugar bowl.‘ The same must be true of these sauceboats, which weigh 28.87 troy ounces, a weight which Payne seems to have chosen for almost all the pairs of sauceboats emanating from his workshops.

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Good and of nice colour and surface with original crest. The interior of one boat shows the front leg slightly pushed with a crescent shadow showing. Some signs of debruising under the lip.


Height – 12.70 cm.; Length – 17.30 cm.; Depth – 13.20 cm.; Weight of the pair – 898.10 gms.

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