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Scott Martin
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Originally posted by ahwt on 10-13-2011 12:14 AM in thread Whose feet are these?:
We should start a thread on feet as revealed in silver.

I believe the origins for the Claw-and-ball foot motif in silver and furniture was inspired by Chinese dragon claws.

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Malletts of London has a Fine Arts News section and refers to the oriental Dragon Claw grasping the Pearl of Wisdom.

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[<gone from the internet> mallettantiques.com/Public/News/ball-and-claw-foot-has-oriental-origins.news?id=800393805]
Ball and claw foot 'has Oriental origins'
09/02/2011
Walnut and mahogany furniture dating back to the Georgian era is often embellished with a common feature on the legs.

The ball and claw foot is an Oriental design, explains John Bly, author of Discovering English Furniture.

He says it was used to symbolise the dragon's claw holding the pearl of wisdom and proved particularly popular at the start of the 18th century.

"It was used in walnut and then in mahogany furniture until the 1760s, but went out of fashion after the classical revival," the author notes.

An alternative version was also around at this time, with the claw of an eagle used rather than that of the dragon.

Prior to this trend, many items of seating terminated in pad feet, such as Mallett's Queen Anne walnut wing chair, which dates back to 1710.

The shaped cabriole legs accompany outward scrolling shoulder and arm supports and an elegant bowed front rail.



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A pair of unmarked silverplate 19th century knife rests (one pictured)with I think some type of waterbird head, but the feet seem reminiscent ostrich feet.

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Polly

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Here are the feet that started the conversation:

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Great topic. I admit I have a "foot fetish" regarding silver and it is often one of the first things that grab my attention when I am on the hunt for new pieces.

Here are a few foot pics from items in my own collection:

This foot is from an OSP Creswick breakfast warmer circa 1820. I love the fact the Lion's paw sits upon a ball.

This ornate foot with a shell and flowers is from an OSP master salt by an unknown maker circa 1800.

This massive paw foot is one of three on a large OSP mirrored plateau by Creswick circa 1820's. A very substantial foot for a very substantial (like 30 pounds!) piece.

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Above is a toast rake by Kirk that has interesting winged feet without the usual sandals normally worn by Hermes. A bare foot Hermes makes a great letter holder – much better that a cold toast holder.

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Above are the feet of an Old Sheffield Plate epergne. Given the detail in these feet I suspect that they were cast and might be solid silver.

The center glass is original however the small bowls are replacements that are readily available from England.

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Above is a French egg cup with feet that caught my attention. I do not collect egg cups, but the feet were just right on this egg cup and I could not pass it up.

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Definitely fit for Mr. Dodson's tea table; most excellent.

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Paul Lemieux

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classic Hubert Harmon foot motif buttons

one of his trademarks is also a foot motif.

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Above are the feet on a Kirk and Sons 11 oz tray and below are the feet on a Gorham tray retailed by George Webb.

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A silver-plate small teapot or biggish creamer by the Middletown Plate Co, with deer or stag feet:

I wish I had the missing lid! I bet it had something fun and figural on it.

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Some random feet...

Regards
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Polly

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Gorham's answer to Postnikov's egg cups:

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ahwt

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These legs are really special as they impart an energy not often found in chicken feet.

Is G the date mark for 1874?

Our granddaughter is dying for some live chickens to raise. I am not sure where this desire comes from, but we know many people that have applied for and received the necessary permits to raise chickens. We do buy eggs from one of our friends, but I must admit I have no desire to raise them.

I fondly recall many Saturday mornings at Soulard Market (a farmers market in St. Louis) and vendors selling chicken feet. I asked one customer why she was buying them and her answer was "because each chicken only has two feet". How can one question that logic?

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Boars' trotters (and heads) on a pair of unmarked American coin silver salt dishes:


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