Probably Andrea Boucheron or Paolo Antonio Paroletto
Cover for round tureen. Italian, c.1756. The domed cover is shaped to conform to the base and has seamed bezels. Above a simple moulded rim are chased horizontal panels of diaper-work and then another cast reed-and-tie moulding. At the corners above this moulding are chased shells and spanning it at all four centres are large cast shells and scrolls which support four distinct cast and chased trophies. Those above the coats of arms have fish and an eel in front of bullrushes and a net, and a rabbit or hare against celery and an artichoke, whilst above the handles there is a group of a turtle, lobster and fish and, finally, game birds with a turnip and cauliflower against a net with water plants and root vegetables. The cast handles are in the form of ounces, or snow leopards, ducally collared and chained, each holding a trefoil. The cover has had its bezel crudely manipulated to try to get it to fit the base properly. The plain oval liner is raised and has rims shaped to fit the base, applied moulded borders and two cast and applied swan-neck-and-ball handles fixed horizontally and secured by rivets. Heraldry: The finial handles of the cover are in the form of the Hervey crest. Scratchweights and inscriptions: ‘B d [/] oz [/] 196 = 21 [/] 194=2’.
Part of the Bristol Collection. Acquired by the National Trust in 1956 under the auspices of the National Land Fund, later the National Heritage Memorial Fund
Makers and roles
Probably Andrea Boucheron or Paolo Antonio Paroletto, goldsmith