Important English armorial silver epergne and plateau, from John Fane estate London 1761 by Thomas Pitts, rococo base issuing eight alternating candle and cut-crystal dish scrolling, centering open work basket elevated on beaded collar, engraved with arms of LUTHER quartering DAWTREY and CHAMBERLAYNE impaling BENNET; in 1830 the epergne was enlarged with the addition of a second collar and mirrored plateau by London silversmith Joseph Craddock; complete hallmarks throughout; epergne H18 1/2" W21" D20" and 193.5ozT; and plateau L25" W19 1/2" and frame 91.0ozT; and Total 284.5ozT weighable

Provenance: Purchase from Dreweatt's 2009 Collection of the Late John Fane

Other Notes: The engraved arms on the epergne indicates the union of John Luther of Myles to Levina Alexander Bennett in 1762.
John Luther (c.1739-1786) became MP for Essex, and lived at Great Myles at Kelvedon Hatch. Consided to be one of the largest manor houses in England.

These pieces descended in the Luther family to John Coppleston Luther Fane (1933-2008) who's estate was sold at Dreweatt's in 2009, these pieces illustrated as part of the collection. The sale catalogue accompanying this lot.

  • Condition statement: additions, repairs and alterations to epergne; new crystal bowls. The plateau with replaced mirror. All over normal wear consistent with age.

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