Silver George III condiment vase with two handles and a lid, depicting two figures on the vase
Condiment vase and cover, Louisa Perina Courtauld (1729–1807) and George Cowles (died in 1811), 1771–72, Silver, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Condiment Vase and Cover

Louisa Perina Courtauld (1729-1807) and George Cowles (died in 1811), 1771-72

Louis-François Roubiliac (1729–1807) ran the silver business upon her husband Samuel’s death in 1765.  After a couple of years on her own, she went into partnership with George Cowles, her late husband’s former apprentice.

This exquisite piece is part of a set made for one of the period’s most exacting and extravagant clients, in a style known as ‘neo-classical’ for its revival of ancient Greek patterns. The delicate engraving on its surface was meant to evoke the painted scenes of Greek ceramics.

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Two men sit across from each other at a table covered with a brown tablecloth, playing cards. Both men wear overcoats and hats, and the man on the left smokes a pipe. They sit inside a wooden building. i Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) The Card Players, around 1892-96, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)