SOLD - A Rare Charles II Antique English Silver Basin

SOLD - A Rare Charles II Antique English Silver Basin

London, 1683 by John Cooqus

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Description

This large, fine, rare, and highly important dish is one of only three surviving hallmarked objects by John Cooqus, silversmith to Charles II, the Duke of York, and James II.<br /><br />

The cypher is that of Catherine, wife of the 6th Earl of Thanet, daughter of the 2nd Duke of Newcastle. She married Thomas Tufton, the 6th Earl of Thanet on 14th August 1684, probably at Welbeck Abbey.<br /><br />

The mark on this piece has recently been confirmed to be that of John Cooqus. It is recorded in Jackson as GC, but is in fact IGC conjoined, and in cypher. Jackson’s reference for the mark is this item “an oval dish [in the possession of] Mssrs. Chrichton.”<br /><br />

John Cooqus was both apprentice and son-in-law to Christian van Vianen, and so was the inheritor, in England, of the mantle passed down from Adam and Paul Van Vianen—the most famous goldsmiths in Europe in the seventeenth century. After Christian’s death in 1667 Cooqus took over as Royal Goldsmith until about 1670. He received commissions from Charles II for some of the most legendary English silver furnishings of the Restoration period, including the famous silver bed, with a silver portrait of Charles on the headboard, made for that woman who wanted watching: his mistress, Nell Gwynn.<br /><br />

Provenance:<br />

Catherine Tufton, wife of Thomas Tufton, 6th Earl of Thanet. By descent to her daughter, Mary Tufton, 3rd wife of John Leveson Gower, 1st Earl Gower, 1736. Thence by descent to Mrs. Leveson Gower.<br />

Christie's, June 28, 1916, Lot 19. Bought by Crichton and Sons. Whereabouts unknown until purchased by Airlie Holden Hindley, circa 1975.<br />

Loan Exhibition (property of above) Brand Inglis, July 5th-15th 1978, no. 11, Albert Collection.<br /><br />

Illustrated:<br />
Brand Inglis, "The Arthur Negus Guide to British Silver", p. 64, pl. 70<br />

Robin Butler, "The Albert Collection", p. 103, no. 1

Dimensions

Size Length: 19 in. (48.26 cm.)
Weight 49 oz. 5 dwt.
Stock No V8387

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