by Elizabeth Godfrey, London 1742 In the rococo manner, profusely decorated with scrolling foliate design, on shaped circular feet with double knopped stem, height 24cm.
Known as one of the outstanding women goldsmiths of the 18th century Elizabeth Pantin, daughter of the distinguished Huguenot silversmith Simon Panton, married twice, both times to active goldsmiths. Her second husband was Benjamin Godfrey. The business dealings of her father and successive husbands indicate that they were supplying the nobility with high quality silverware, often with a strong French flavour. She had two periods of independent activity in widowhood, the second when the rococo style was sweeping through the decorative arts of England and forcing artisans to adopt new styles. Pantin's original three lobed mark (registered in 1731) which incorporated her husband's peacock device, changed in 1741 when she registered as Elizabeth Godfrey; within a widow's lozenge. 'Women Silversmiths 1685-1845', The National Museum of Women in the Arts, by Philippa Glanville and Jennifer Faulds Goldsborough, Thames and Hudson, 1990, p20 & 21