Regency-style gilt sterling silver centerpiece. Three caryatid bacchantes support an open basket with ivy shoulder. They stand on concave triangle set in same with satyr-head monopodia joined by garlands, and in turn mounted to plain and larger base on volute capital supports. A great “goddess” centerpiece with ethereal barefoot maids in chaste drapery that reflects the English discovery of Greek art in the early 19th century.
In the late 1970s, Nelson Rockefeller commissioned reproductions of works from his vast art collection, of which this is an example. The original was made by Paul Storr in London in 1808-9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns a similar one made in 1814-5.
Marked “Mottahedeh / Sterling / Portugal / No 3” with phrase “The Nelson Rockefeller Collection”. Excellent condition with nice toning.
Dimensions: H 12 3/4 x D 10 1/2 in. Heavy total weight: 135.5 troy ounces. #BU403