silver H. 17,4 cm x w. 12 cm
Maker's mark of Jan Baptist Verberckt I, marked on base
Belgium, Antwerp, dateletter 1795
Square base resting on four baluster-shaped feet, the raised base, decorated with acanthus leaves, openwork body with hanging beaded rims (a piece of one rim missing), two angular handles, with blue glass-liners (one has been replaced over the years)
with old lable: Oude Vlaamse Kunst, Antwerpen 1930.
Provenance: Private Collection, Belgium.
The 1930 World Exhibition was divided in a Flemish show in Antwerp from April 26 untill November 4, 1930 and a Walloon exhibition in Liege from 3 May untill 3 November 1930. These exhibitions were the result of a compromise made in 1926. Belgium had taken the organization of a World Exibition upon them in 1914 but did not choose a location yet. The First World War disrupted the preparations and after the Olympic Games in Antwerp a decision still had to be made. After many debates, the government decided in 1926 to organize the Universal Exhibition in 1935 in Brussels and to award Antwerp and Liege with a double exhibition with themes to be divided by the two cities.
About the Artist
Jan Baptists Verberckt I (1735-1819) was a Belgian silversmith who was born in Antwerpen. He was the son of silversmith Michiel Verberckt and Joanna Maria Buyssens. He studied at the academy between 1751-1754. In 1756 he visited his uncle, the sculptor Jacques Ver-berckt, in Paris. He was awarded a prize at the Antwerp academy in 1761, 1766 and 1767. Although he was in his father’s service, he signed the works himself. In 1767 he married Sa-ra Maria Gillekens (Gielkens). He was appointed master in 1771 and took over his father’s workshop in 1775. Verbeckt was also a professor at the academy. He became master in 1794 and member of the board in 1803. His son Jan Baptist II Verbeckt (1774-1838) took over the workshop in 1811. He died in 1819.