Four English Sterling Silver Chinoiserie Salt Cellars, Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard, London, 1817-1818 with Accompanying Spoons Marked “GF”
Though attempts to copy the Chinese style have been made as early as the fourteenth century, the Rococo movement in the late eighteenth century and its revival in the mid nineteenth century moved Chinoiserie into the mainstream marketplace. In England, it became the theme of the Royal Palace in Brighton, commissioned by the Prince Regent (later George IV). While the foundation of the Palace was established in 1787, the Prince hired John Nash in 1815 to convert the Marine Pavilion into an exuberant oriental fantasy. It took seven years to complete the transformation. In 1817, the same year as these salt cellars, the Prince hired Frederick Crace and Robert Jones to create a magnificent and opulent interior for the future King of England.
The firm of Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard used their expertise and sensitivity to Royal taste in the execution of this set of salt cellars. The accompanying spoons are in keeping with the cellars, though they are marked “GF”.
Each cellar: 2" height, 3 1/4” length, 4” width. 24.1 total troy ounces.
Each spoon: 3 3/4" length.