SOLD - A Pair of Commonwealth Antique English Silver Plates

SOLD - A Pair of Commonwealth Antique English Silver Plates

London, 1654 by Anthony Ficketts

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Description

A very rare pair of Commonwealth plates, with beautiful color and patina. Exhibited at the celebrated Park Lane Loan Exhibition in 1929.<br /><br />

The arms are those of Whitelocke impaling Carleton for Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke (1605-1675) and his third wife, Mary Carleton (d. 1684), whom he married in 1650. Sir Bulstrode served in many governmental offices during both the Civil War and Commonwealth. He served as an MP in the Long Parliament, was the Chairman of the Committee for the Trial of Lord Stratford in 1640, and, after being knighted in about 1655, served in the House of Lords under both Oliver Cromwell and his son Richard Cromwell. Favored by Cromwell, he was made Lord Commissioner of the Great Seal from 1647-50, Councilor of State from 1648-1659, and Ambassador to Sweden from 1653-4. Reflecting the strong religious tone of the period he was also Commissioner for Scandalous Offices in 1646 and Commissioner for Compounding with Delinquents in 1646-7. At the Restoration he obtained a pardon from Charles II for a consideration.<br /><br />

The AF mark has recently been attributed to Anthony Ficketts by David Mitchell in "Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London" p. 216-218. Ficketts was quite successful and a whole variety of his pieces now appear in museums throughout the world. In the Hearth Tax of 1666 we was assessed as a silversmith in Foster Lane with six hearths when three hearths would have been the norm. He left £100 to the Goldsmiths' Company to provide gifts of 2 every Christmas to two poor working goldsmiths."

Dimensions

Size Diameter: 9 in. (22.86 cm.)
Weight 24 oz. 13 dwt.
Stock No V9901

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