The 1899 Melbourne Cup Trophy comprising a silver presentation…
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The 1899 Melbourne Cup Trophy comprising a silver presentation tray and tea and coffee service, Walter, Michael, John, Stanley Barnard with Robert Dubock, tray London, 1896 and service, London, 1898, (5), the tray engraved to the centre 'MELBOURNE CUP TROPHY 1899, Won by MERRIWEE, bk.of br.c BILL of PORTLAND-ETRA-WEENIE ', within a flat chased scroll and foliate surround, applied gadroon, foliate and shell border and cast shell and foliage handles, the tea and coffee service of rounded oblong form, the lids of tea and coffee pots with domed centres and engraved cushion shape finials, bordered by a band of partially fluted chasing, the sides with chased foliate and scroll motifs, 'MERRIWEE' engraved within a cartouche to one side and 'MELBOURNE CUP TROPHY 1899' to the reverse, (5), tea and coffee service 2000 gms, tray 4280 gms, coffee pot 21.5 cm high, tray 75 cm long. Provenance: Mr Herbert Power, Melbourne, David Jones Ltd, Sydney, Mr Crawfurd Hutcheson MacKellar, Sydney, gift from the above, Private Collection, Sydney, by descent from the above

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  • Cartouche - An ornamental panel in the form of of a shield, oval or rectangular scroll with curling edges. It may be carved into the back of a chair or the top of a sideboard, or present on a piece of silver or jewellery, and contain the initials of the original owner, heraldic symbols, or some other inscription, such as the details of a presentation.

    In ceramics the term defines the central area of a vase or similar with a decorative border in one of the shapes above, into which a decorative scene or figures have been painted.
  • Foliate - Decorated with leaves or leaf-like forms.
  • Finial - An architectural decoration, found on the upper parts of of an object. On furniture they are usually found on pediments, canopies and shelf supports. On smaller ceramic or silver items, such as spoons, they may decorate the top of the item itself, or the lid or cover where they provide a useful handle for removal.

    Finials have a variety of shapes and forms. They may be urn-shaped, baluster shaped round or spiral, but usually taper into an upper point. Many real life shapes may also be used as finials, such as pineapples, berries, pinecones, buds, lotus and acorns. Sometimes animals such as a lion are depicted, or fish and dolphins.
  • Chasing - The method of decorating gold and silver objects using a punch and hammer so that the design appears in relief. Flat or surface chasing is done from the front giving the item definition, but not cutting into the metal.

    Chasing is the opposite technique to repousse, but an object that has repousse work, may then have chasing applied to create a finished piece.
  • Engraving - The method of decorating or creating inscriptions on silver and other metal objects by marking the surface with a sharp instrument such as a diamond point or rotating cutting wheel.

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