Dutch silver cruet set
739 grams; 21 cm high, including bottles
This fine early cruet set, with two cut-glass bottles and silver caster, was made in Utrecht in 1717 by the renowned silversmith Nicolaes Verhaar, who became a master silversmith in 1710, joining the Utrecht silversmiths’ guild.
The earliest 18th century silver oil and vinegar cruet stands usually contain two cut-glass bottles and a silver caster. To the end of the century the number of receptacles increased. They were intended for a variety of oils and vinegars. Sometimes the silver frames are fitted with stopper holders.
Some silver objects by Nicolaes Verhaar are now in Dutch museum collections and some are still in use in various Catholic churches. As a Catholic, Verhaar received many commissions from the Old Catholic Church in Utrecht.
Verhaar is known for his elaborate liturgical objects, such as statues of saints and altar doors that demonstrate his craftsmanship as a chaser. However, he is also known for his secular oeuvre, comprising candlesticks, teapots, wall sconces and this cruet.
-Dr. L. van den Bergh- Hoogterp ‘Schilder in zilver. De Utrechtse zilversmid Nicolaes Verhaar (ca. 1885-1750), Jaarboek De Stavelij ,2011, pp 80-97.
-J.W. Frederiks, Dutch Silver, Vol. I, The Hague 1952, nr. 365 p. 496. -H.J.W. Verhey, Oud Katholiek Kerkzilver, De Bilt 1967, p. 80 -Dr. D.P.A. Bouvy, Edelsmeedkunst III, Bussum 1967, p.23, nr. 12