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A very fine & rare pair of early George III Wine Coasters made in London in 1768 by Thomas Nash.

£ 5,500

The Coaters are circular in form with wavy dipping gadrooned rims. The sides are beautifully pierced with bold scroll work, flower heads and, unusually, stylised tulips. The front of each piece displays a circular cartouche, finely engraved with a contemporary Crest. Each piece is marked in the piercing and they have their original fruit wood bases, below a corded band. Thomas Nash was a specialist pierced worker of fine quality, who specialised in the production of wine coasters and serving slices. Coasters were first introduced into England during the 1760's, therefore these represent a very rare early example, made in a most beautiful, uncommon, style. It is also interesting as Thomas Nash has used his incuse maker's mark, which is where the silversmith engraves his initials, rather than stricking them with a punch.

Height: 2 inches, 5cm.
Diameter: 4.75 inches, 11.88cm.