An extremely fine pair of George III Entree Dishes made in London in 1800 by Richard Cooke.
The Dishes are rectangular in form, with lobed borders, and terminate in a most unusual double scroll handle mounted on two raying shells, on a circular platform. The finials can be removed so that the covers can be turned upside down and be used as serving dishes, so you could have the possibility of two or four dishes on the table. The front of each cover and base are engraved with a large contemporary Crest and both the base and cover display a full set of crisp hallmarks. The quality of these dishes is outstanding, as would be expected of this maker who supplied the leading retailerss of the day, Rundell & Co. A.G. Grimwade in his work, 'London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837,' emphasises that his work is of a high standard. The weight and colour of these pieces is exceptional and it is the first time we have seen this design of finial.
Length: 11.3 inches, 28.25cm.
Width: 8.25 inches, 20.63cm.
Height: 3 inches, 7.5cm.
Weight: an outstanding 128oz, the pair.