Dutch silver leaf-shaped dish
Matthijs Craayenschot, Amsterdam, 1766
114 grams; 17 cm long, 15,1 cm wide
Naturalistically shaped in the form of a leaf, with open worked handle, formed by twigs and leaves. Fully marked on the reverse and displaying essay stripe.
Only a few similar leaf-shaped dishes are known, made by various masters in various cities. An example from The Hague, dated 1770, made by Isacq Samuel Busard is in the collection of Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Cornelis De Haan made one in 1766 and so did the Arnhem master-silversmith Johannes Arenttsz.
In Haags goud en zilver, published in 2005, a waterkettle on stand made by Gregorius van der Toorn in 1769 is depicted, whose stand is leaf-shaped, raised on three supports.(cat.nr. 173, pp. 335 and 336).
Matthijs Craayenschot (ca. 1714- 1796) was born in Zwolle as son of Jannes Craayenschot and Helena van Aken. He became poorter (burgher) of Amsterdam in 1753, the year in which he also became master of the silversmiths’ guild. In 1755 as a widower he married Geertrudis Carré, who was a widow herself, the former wife of Hendrik Lageman. In 1767 he became associated with Gijsbertus Johannes van Ent, with whom he had a workshop in Huidenstraat in Amsterdam. Matthijs Craayenschot must have left Amsterdam before 1795 and died in Zwolle in 1796, the place where he was born.
-K.A. Citroen, Amsterdamse zilversmeden en hun merken, Amsterdam, 1975, p.131, nr. 675.
-H. Vreeken, Goud en zilver met Amsterdamse Keuren, Zwolle, 2003, pp. 428-429.