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PETER ARCHAMBO - An exceptinally rare and early George II Bowl & Cover made in London in 1731 by Peter Archambo I.


This very unusual piece stands on a stepped spreading foot which is decorated with reeding and acanthus spears. The baluster shaped main body displays an everted rim and the upper section is engraved with geometric patterns containing blue bell drops and garlands, as well as foliate scroll work. The decoration also includes three oval cartouches containing a contemporary Crest, Armorial and a Classical female bust. The pull-off, stepped, cover has a domed central section which terminates in a cast reeded urn finial. The cover is also engraved in a similar manner to the main body and displays the same Crest, Armorial and female bust. The Bowl is of an exceptional colour, gauge and weight and is fully marked in the foot. It is also well marked with the sterling mark, date letter and leopard's head crowned on the cover. The interior also shows the original hammer marks from when it was originally raised, which is always a very desirable feature to see. The Armorial and Crest are those of the Miller family of County York. A very old gentry family with several branches within the county.

The workof Peter Archambo I is very scarce and he was one of the most important silversmiths of this period. He was apprentice to Jacon Margas and free by December 1720 and had a wide range of output. He was of Huguenot descent and his work is much sought after today. His most important cusomer was, without doubt, George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington, for whom Archambo worked extensively.

Height: 5 inches, 12.5cm.
Diameter at the rim: 4.45 inches, 11.13cm.
Weight: 15oz.