The tower pattern was first introduced c 1814 and is based on a printed illustration from a book by Merigot called "Views of Rome and its Vicinity" published c 1798 and depicts the Bridge of Salaro near Rome. The bridge which originally had a keep built on top of it survives although it is now underneath the main route leading out of Rome to the airport. In about 1894 the pattern was printed on Gadroon shape, based on designs of Georgian silver, [ https://spodehistory.blogspot.com/2011/02/tower-pa... ] Last photos show the massive collection I am helping a friend retire from.
Set consists of:
1 - large serving / salad / punch bowl
1 - coffee pot
1 - tea pot
1 - cream and sugar
1 - soup tureen
1 - sauce boat - gravy with under plate (2 piece)
2 - candle holders
4 - egg cups
4 - salt and pepper shakers
8 - crescent plates
8 - square plates
9 - fruit nappies
8 - soup plates
6 - butter patts
6 - soup bowls with under plates (24 pieces)
1 - square open veggie / food server
1 - lidded veggie / food server ( 2 piece)
1 - large ladle
1 - trivet - teapot / coffee post stand
1 - vase
1 - square butter with lid (2 piece)
1 - 17 inch platter
1 - 15 inch platter
1 - 13 inch platter
11 - 7 1/2 inch plates
13 - 10 1/2 inch dinner plates
10 - 6 3/4 inch butter / dessert plates
12 - cups and saucer (24 pieces)
Andrea, your store is a wonderful treasure trove and your knowledge and class are of a scholarly collector.
I am a university research professor with an eye for detail. I have never seen any vendor with your level of exquisite scholarship. Just like your fine objets d'art, your descriptions are crafted with masterful finesse; it is such a pleasure reading them and it is also a great learning experience. Thanks again! Patrick
Downsizing was inevitable and I've done it several times already. This is the big one, and I am still unboxing treasures retrieved from storage after decades.
All pieces are one of a kind handpicked by yours truly over 40 years to add texture, style and story to your authentic style.
My collecting story starts after watching Astaire and Rogers float across a dance floor as a young girl, I have loved art deco design, art, fashion and jewelry. So bold and beautiful, and so different from anything that came before it. Art deco changed social and design sensibilities forever. A lifetime collector of high quality antiques and vintage, I started by making contacts, researching and learning. Picking the best of the best, I live with art deco and vintage decor and used to wear the fashions of the day. To say that I feel in love is an understatement. I reveled in the fact that I was able to reflect my unique style and sensibilities with a marriage of old and new.
Since I was in my teens I have bought what pleases me, what I find beautiful and unique, and the things that speak to me on a creative level. I hope that you can see and feel the passion and love that I feel for antiques and vintage pieces and share with you. You will find art deco, collectible and vintage fine art paintings, original illustrations and magazine covers, home decor, marble, alabaster and metal lamps, nude flapper table lamps, sterling silver decorative accents and tableware for the home and entertaining, designer and estate jewelry and fine vintage watches in my shop.