George IV Silver Tray by Cradock & Reid

  • This impressive sterling silver tray was crafted by Joseph Cradock and William K. Reid
  • The George IV-era piece displays a festive bacchanalian theme
  • Masterfully crafted, it embodies the sumptuous artistry that defined silver of the Regency age
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Item No. 31-2980

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Highly sculptural decoration dominates this impressive sterling silver tray by Joseph Cradock and William K. Reid. Crafted in a festive bacchanalian theme, the rectangular George IV-era tray displays an openwork cast border in a grapevine motif with shell accents, culminating in two handles of scrolling acanthus leaves and shells. In the center, a beautifully chased and engraved Rococo design incorporates grapes, scrolls and flowers, creating an elaborate field surrounding a central coat of arms. Underneath, grinning satyrs look out from the deep cast feet, in sharp contrast to the serene faces of Bacchus embedded in the lush border. As a whole, the tray embodies the sumptuous artistry that defined silver of the Regency age.

Cradock and Reid worked in partnership for 13 years, from 1812 to 1825, and during this time catered to such aristocratic clients as George Augustus Fitzclarence, son of William IV and first Earl of Munster. Both together and independently, these craftsmen created objects of impeccable artistry and majestic design. To find a piece like this in such excellent condition is truly a rare discovery.

Hallmarked London, 1824

32 1/4" wide x 20 1/2" deep x 2 3/4" high

240oz 10 dwt.
George IV Silver Tray by Cradock & Reid
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Trays/Salvers
Depth: 20.5 Inches
Width: 32.25 Inches
Height: 2.75 Inches
Style: Regency

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