Thursday, March 5, 2015

Australian Silversmiths - Frederick Bassé of Adelaide.

A lovely two-handled cup by Bassé
(Source: Bonhams Australia)
Not one of the big names of Adelaide silversmithing, I think Frederick Bassé is underrated! His larger pieces show an elegant simplicity. Both a Jeweller and a Silversmith, Bassé produced pieces from the early 1880s until his death in 1913. His firm continued under his widow, trading as F. Bassé and Co until around 1923.



An example of Bassé's hallmarks

A plain but heavy silver box by Bassé