This object is eligible for a Certificate of BADA Provenance
To be exhibited atBADA 2020
About the dealer
About the object
For sale is this remarkable survival; a set of twelve Gilbert Marks’ silver plates, each with a different border of English flowers or plants. Each plate is signed for Gilbert Marks, 1898 and assayed identically for London 1897. It is a true set. Gilbert Marks is famed for his exceptional repousse work, producing perhaps only a thousand or so items in his relatively short working life as a silversmith between 1895-1904. Each piece he made was unique. To find one dish of this calibre and early date is rare, to find a set of twelve possibly unique. The plates are a good gauge of silver and the overall condition excellent with the detail repousse and chasing still very clear. There are some scratches and wear commensurate with age to the flat dish areas.
The dishes display some flowers/plants not, as far as I am aware, previously seen on Marks’ work including some wonderful poppy seed heads, narcissus and cornflowers, to name just three. Overall the following flowers or plants in the plates borders are identified: 1. Poppy heads, 2. Poppy flowers, 3. Daffodils, 4. Narcissus, 5. Cornflower, 6. Pinks, 7. Harebell, 8. Ragged robin, 9. Berry design, 10. Tulip, 11. Anemone, 12. Snowdrop.