A silver cup and cover modeled as a hen
Realistically modelled, with detachable head, on domed base chased and engraved with expressive scenes of birds amongst scrolls…
Each on four bun feet, the square base with circular raised centre with reeded band and plain knob stem, the vase-shaped gadrooned body with plain spreading top with reeded upper rim, two openworked foliate scroll and mask handles, the detachable low domed cover with gadrooned centre and snake finial.
Chestnut vases were made from the last quarter of the 18th century until circa early 1840. Often in porcelain, cut glass and silver but also in pewter and tin which were sometimes beautifully lacquered.
They were used for confected chestnuts or pineapple and the vases were kept on each side of the diningroom mantelpiece to keep the contents dry and fresh.
Private collection, The Netherlands
Cf. Barend J. van Benthem, De werkmeesters van Bennewitz en Bonebakker: Amsterdams grootzilver uit de eerste helft van de 19e eeuw, Zwolle, 2005, pp. 384-392 for other chestnut vases by Diederik Lodewijk Bennewitz.
Diederik Lodewijk Bennewitz, Amsterdam, 1821
height 31 cm.