A fine and early engraved armorial baluster goblet, late 17th century

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Lot 81
A fine and early engraved armorial baluster goblet, late 17th century

Sold for £ 10,000 (US$ 12,482) inc. premium
A fine and early engraved armorial baluster goblet, late 17th century
The generous round funnel bowl heavily moulded with 'nipt diamond waies' at the base, engraved with a coat of arms, the stem comprising a teared ball knop flanked by double collars, above a teared inverted baluster section with basal collar, over a conical folded foot, 27.8cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    With Derek Davis, 1977
    The Henry J. Mein Collection

    The arms of a chevron with two mullets above and a fleur-de-lys below, are similar to those granted to Benjamin Bonnet. The grant of Arms in England to Benjamin Bonnet was made in 1751 and refers to him as the son of Lewis (Louis) Bonnet of Die in the province of Dauphine, France. As a Huguenot, Lewis Bonnet had moved to England when the Edict of Nantes was revoked in 1685. The same arms granted to Benjamin Bonnet are likely to have been used by his father, Lewis Bonnet prior to the grant of 1751. The crest of the Bonnet family was a unicorn's head rather than the fleur-de-lys which appears above the helmet on the arms on the present lot. It is possible that the Bonnet family used this fleur-de-lys as a symbol of their French heritage, before the unicorn crest was officially granted to Benjamin Bonnet in the 18th century.

    It is likely that this goblet was commissioned to commemorate the marriage of Lewis Bonnet to Mariana Bureau in St. Martin Ludgate on 13 March 1699. Lewis was then of the parish of St. Anne Soho in the City, and his wife was of the parish of St. Martin in the Fields. Other references to Lewis Bonnet appear in the records of French churches in London; for example, Lewis Bonnet was godfather to a child named Louis Marechal, baptised in 1728. There is another reference to a Lewis Bonnet as a godfather to a child in 1711 from St. Martin Orgars French Church.

    The date of this goblet suggests that it is a product of a London glass-house. As Lewis and Mariana resided in Soho and St. Martin in the Fields at the time of their marriage, it seems likely they would have commissioned this glass from the nearby Savoy Glass-house at the end of the Hawley Bishopp period.
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A fine and early engraved armorial baluster goblet, late 17th century
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