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Hester Bateman Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup
Hester Bateman Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup
Hester Bateman Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup
Hester Bateman Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup
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Hester Bateman Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup

  • This rare silver-mounted coconut cup was crafted by Hester Bateman
  • These cups were cherished for their mythical properties
  • This remarkable object was crafted during final years of Bateman's illustrious career
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$8,850
Item No. 31-9374

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Description
Crafted in 1789-90 by the renowned silversmith Hester Bateman, this rare silver-mounted coconut cup exemplifies her unparalleled artistry. Coconut cups, once coveted luxuries in England from the 14th to the 16th centuries, saw a resurgence in the 1770s as highly collected Gothic objets d'art. These cups were cherished for their mythical properties, believed to safeguard the drinker from harm.

This exquisite George III-era cup features a polished coconut shell meticulously mounted on a sterling. . .
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Crafted in 1789-90 by the renowned silversmith Hester Bateman, this rare silver-mounted coconut cup exemplifies her unparalleled artistry. Coconut cups, once coveted luxuries in England from the 14th to the 16th centuries, saw a resurgence in the 1770s as highly collected Gothic objets d'art. These cups were cherished for their mythical properties, believed to safeguard the drinker from harm.

This exquisite George III-era cup features a polished coconut shell meticulously mounted on a sterling silver base. The base is adorned with captivating geometric engravings that enhance its foot and plinth. The rim showcases an engraved and scalloped design, complemented by sterling silver sheets that cover the coconut's hollowed center. The nut itself presents a stunning polish as if it had only recently fallen from its tree.

Dating to the final years of Bateman's illustrious career, this work perfectly exemplified her exceptional skill and dedication. After learning the trade alongside her husband, Bateman took over the family silversmithing business following his passing in 1760. Under her pioneering leadership, the company flourished until her retirement in 1790, when she entrusted the legacy to her sons and daughter-in-law, who continued the family tradition into the mid-19th century. A cornerstone of Bateman’s success was the implementation of cost-effective techniques, such as utilizing workable sheet silver.

This cup was part of the illustrious Red McCombs silver collection, one of the world's most significant silver collections. The works of Hester Bateman are featured in esteemed institutions worldwide, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Museum.

Hallmarked Hester Bateman, London, 1789

Provenance:
M.S. Rau, New Orleans
Red McCombs Collection, Texas
M.S. Rau, New Orleans
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Hester Bateman Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup
Maker: Bateman, Hester
Period: 18th Century
Origin: England
Type: Goblets & Cups
Style: Georgian
Depth: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)
Width: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)
Height: 6.0 in. (15.24 cm)
Hester Bateman Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup
Hester Bateman: Queen of the Silversmiths

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