C1789 Silver Frisian 6 Spoons & 6 Forks by Jan de Wal II

SOLD for 12 pieces

This is a very rare set of 6 spoons and 6 forks made in 1789 (date letter M) made by Jan de Wal II (1751-1811) in the Frisian city of Leeuward, now in the Netherlands. Frisia was a great centre for goldsmithing in the Middle ages and Renaissance. The silver is 934 standard, so above sterling standard (925). The total weight is 930 grams. The Hanoverian pattern forks are 19.7cm and the spoons are 21cm long.

Sotheby's (March 2011, Amsterdam) sold a Jan de Wal II 14 cm wide brazier (also illustrated) with later blue glass liner, for 4375 euros, but the price is probably generous as it was a charity sale of items formerly the property of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. This brazier had been the property of Queen Emma, and then descended to Juliana. It had been in the exhibition Friesch Zilver in the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, in 1927.

Other Jan de Wal II items are exhibited at the Central Museum, Utrecht, The Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, and others.

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