English Sterling Silver Hot Water Kettle, Stand & Burner, T. Ferran, 1733
English Late Baroque or Early Rococo Georgian Sterling Silver Hot Water Kettle, Stand & Burner, by Thomas Ferran, London, Dated 1733. The body formed as a vertically-ribbed melon or squash form, with scrolls to the spout and the swing-arm handle. The wood knop is left plain. Ships with its original leathers for handling the handle when hot, now greatly used and loose from the kettle itself. The tripodal stand is a masterful presentation of rococo forms, with foliate scrolling supports and scroll-form feet, centering a pierced bar, foliate scroll and mask-form swag. The three swags each formed identically, below a flaring band of excurvate elements. The drum-form burner repeats this flaring scroll-form.
This stunning design is one of the great achievements of silversmith Thomas Ferran. The impressive appearance is the perfect element to place in the center of a table, and it also shows perfectly on a kettle stand or pie-crust table. A once-in-a-lifetime purchase of exquisite quality, and a way to represent the period of Hogarth, Defoe, Bacon, and George the 1st and George the 2nd.
Ferran is the alternative spelling for Farren. Thomas Farren (Active 1707-1742, subordinate goldsmith to the king, 1723 - 42).
Hallmarked to underside of kettle and to spirit burner with maker's mark T F, city mark, sterling standard and date letter. The kettle with an elaborate coat of arms to one side. The burner additionally marked with fanciful dragon's head pierced by an arrow over a torse.
15 1/2" H., Total. The Kettle 11 1/2" H by itself.
1982.7489 dwt /91.699 troy oz./ 6.798 lbs. of .925 sterling silver
Please note, in a special report prepared for us by Beacon Genealogical and Heraldic Research, the arms are identified as:
1The Marital Arms of Bury and Moore
The arms as engraved upon this George II English Sterling Silver Hot Water Kettle, Stand and Burner in the Late Baroque or Early Rococo Style by Thomas Farran hallmarked London 1733 are those of the family of Bury impaling Moore. These armorial bearings denote the marshalling of a marital coat showing on the dexter (the heraldic right on the left as you view the piece) the arms of the husband and on the sinister (the heraldic left on the right as you view it) the arms of the wife. These arms may be blazoned as follows:
(on the dexter) Vert a cross crosslet1 or (for Bury)
(on the sinister) Azure on a chief indented or three mullets2 of the second a crescent for difference2 (for Moore)
1 The engraver in error has engraved ‘a cross flory’ rather than ‘a cross crosslet’.
2 Some authorities state the mullets are pierced. Certainly, some versions of the Moore arms have pierced and unpierced mullets and it would also appear that the crescent had been omitted. 2
These armorial bearings undoubtedly commemorate the marriage of William Bury (born circa 1699), of Shannon Grove in the County of Limerick and The Honourable Jane Moore (born after 1697 died 11th December 1767), the only daughter of John Moore, the 1st Baron Moore, of Tullamore in the King’s County and Mary Lunn. Jane was the eventual heiress of her brother, Charles, the 2nd Baron Moore and the 1st Earl of Charleville, whilst William was the eldest son of John Bury, of Shannon Grove and Jane Palliser, only daughter of The Most Reverend William Palliser, DD, Archbishop of Cashel. William and Jane were married on 27th January 1723. William served as High Sheriff of the County of Limerick for the year 1726.