Pair of George III Antique Silver Entree Dishes made in 1806 for Sir Benjamin Hobhouse


A delightful pair of George III antique silver entree dishes which are of rectangular shape with fine gadroon borders.

Date 1806
Made By William Bennett, William Pitts
Location London
Stock Number W145x6
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Maker: William Bennett, William Pitts

A delightful pair of George III antique silver entree dishes which are of rectangular shape with fine gadroon borders.

The dishes are engraved on each of the lids with the coat of arms of Sir Benjamin Hobhouse (1757 – 1831) and to the interior of the bases.

The original detachable finials were made by William Pitts in the same year. The finials are formed as Sir Benjamin’s family crest, which are a very attractive feature.

A fine pair of dishes with an interesting history.

Dimensions: length 28.5 cm, width 21.2 cm; weight 108 troy oz.

William Bennett

William Bennett, entered 1st June 1796. Address: 2 Half Moon Passage, Aldersgate Street. Moved to 19 Little Bartholomew Close, 25th September 1800.

His mark appears chiefly on trays and salvers in which he specialised.

Died in February, 1825.

William Pitts

Son of Thomas Pitts I, apprenticed to his father of Air Street, Piccadilly. Goldsmith, Citizen and Goldsmith, March 1769. Free, 3rd November 1784.

First mark entered as plateworker, 18th December 1781. Address: 17 St Martin’s Street, Leicester Fields. Second mark, 4th May 1786. Address: 26 Litchfield Street, Soho. Third mark, in partnership with Joseph Preedy, 11th January 1791, same address. Moved to 8 Newport Street, St. Ann’s, 3rd August 1795.

Fourth mark alone, 21st December 1799. Address: 15 Little Wild Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Fifth mark, 5th March 1806. Address: 14 James Street, Lambeth Marsh.

His son, William, was apprenticed to his father on 5th February 1806. The latter was then already at James Street, where he or William II was still, in 1818, on the apprenticeship to him of John Childers, when Pitts was described as silversmith and chaser. Heal records all the above addresses and dates up to 1800.

In his production of epergnes and dessert baskets and stands, both alone and with Preedy, William Pitts shows himself specialising in exactly the same work as his father. In the Regency period, he turned to the production of ornate cast candelabra in the neo-rococo style.

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