Rare octagonal armorial pewter dinner plate by Thomas Chamberlain of London c1732-50

£475.00

9¾” diameter octagonal armorial pewter dinner plate by Thomas Chamberlain of London his touchmark and name label on reverse. Unidentified family crest engraved within rococo cartouche on the triple reeded edge rim. The dexter arms are a fir tree surmounted by a sword in bend, supporting on its point a crown, and the sinister arms argent, three bars azure. These may relate to the Scottish Greg/Grieg or Gregory family. Pewterers began making multi-sided plates in the fashion of silver examples during the first third of the 18th century and continued doing so throughout the rococo period. As moulds were costly they adapted circular plates by trimming the edges, and soldered strengthening beads to the rim to the face as on this example, which has twin reeded rim edges. See Fig 152 p130-31 Pewter at Colonial Williamsburg for more plates from the same garnish. This plate is in better condition than the identical example in the John Douglas collection (Lot 132 Bonhams 19.4.2021). Provenance: formerly in the collection of Ken Riney, Stockbridge VT. In excellent condition, with lustrous patina and some oxide shading. 616g weight. REF: P607

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