It is evident from the superb quality of this rectangular tray that Reynier Brandt was one of the best Amsterdam silversmiths of his day. The powerfully reeded edges with scalloped corners and the pronounced and beautifully detailed cast rocaille ornaments it incorporates epitomize his craftsmanship and design skills. The weight—more than a kilo—likewise attests to the fact that there has been no economizing on the quantity of silver. The value of the metal alone was equivalent to an average semi-annual income in the mid-eighteenth century. Rectangular trays are considerably rarer than the square variant. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has a square version of this tray in its collection, likewise made by Reynier Brandt, but in that case in 1768.
|Style period:||Louis XV|
|Dimensions:||38.6 x 27.4 cm (l x w)|