Of usual X-form with central round lidded burner,
each arm with rectangular trellis sliders surmounted by pierced shell form dish supports
and raised on spurred c-scroll legs ending in pierced foliate feet,
the arms with rosette terminals, the deep burner with removable French gadrooned lid
Marked to each piece : the central burner (pictured immediately below), the four supports and each arm
The mark, Grimwade #3656,"must have been entered in the missing register between 1758 and 1763,
when it is recorded by Chaffers" on as inkstand. A slightly different mark was entered in 1770.
John Langford II and John Sebille (of reported French Huguenot descent) worked together briefly
(c1758 -1773) on St. Martins Le Grand in London.
Records show that in 1766, they supplied Parker and Wakelin with a wide range of pierced work
including bottle stands, salts, bread baskets and cream pails.
A cake basket (below) by Langford and Sebille, 1763-4, is in the collection of Mary Strong Shattuck,
The "dish cross" is an outgrowth of the earlier brazier, often with hot coals,
for heating and support of a dish on a side table.
They date from the mid-18th century, some having burners, and some simply as raised support.
This dish cross is an early example.
Condition : Of fine quality and in excellent condition,
with minor wear appropriate to age and usage
11.25" Long, 3.25" Overall Height / 15.9 oz.
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