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A very fine George I Antique Silver Britannia Standard Sugar Bowl made in London in 1719 by William Fleming.


The Bowl stands on a stepped spreading circular foot which is decorated with reeded bands. The main body is beautifully baluster shaped and is plain in design with a slightly everted rim. The stepped, pull off, cover is decorated with reeding and also has a ring applied to the centre, which when the tray is in use, doubles as the foot of the tray. The front of the main body is beautifully engraved with a contemporary Armorial surrounded by a pluming scroll and strap work cartouche, which was typical of the period. The bowl and cover are very well made and display a centre point on the cover. The bowl is in excellent condition, has a very good colour and is fully marked in the foot and on the interior of the cover.

This piece would have been an important part of the Tea Equipage upstairs in the drawing room. Taking tea was an important social tradition at this date, as tea was so expensive and confirmed social position and status. This piece is of a very practical design as the cover can be turned upside down and used as a rest for spoons, mote spoons or, possibly, the sugar nips.

The Armorial is that of Hobart, with various branches at Blickling Hall and Intwood, County Norfolk, Dromore, County Waterford and, of course, the Earls of Buckingham. William Fleming was a prolific maker and was apprentice to Nathaniel Lock. He had workshops in Maiden Lane, London, when this fine piece was made. Arthur Grimwade in his work, 'London Goldsmith's, Their Works & Lives' states that his mark is frequently found on well executed small pieces of hollow ware.

Height: 3.75 inches, 9.38cm.
Diameter at the rim: 4.1 inches, 10.25cm.
Weight: 12oz.