|1701/02 Edinburgh Thistle Mug by Edward Penman with his father, James Penman, as assay master.|
|April - June 2006||James Penman - was apprenticed to Edward Cleghorne I and became a freeman on Sept 1, 1673. He married his master's daughter, Margaret Cleghorne, in 1679. He produced silver and served as the assay master for the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh until 1707/08 when he became assay master of the Royal Mint of Scotland. His testament dative (will) is dated Sept. 7, 1733. Penman trained some of the most influential goldsmiths of the early 18th century including Thomas Ker, Colin McKenzie, Charles Duncan, Edward Penman, Colin Campbell and Henry Bethune.|
|1734/35 3-footed Slop or Sugar bowl by James Tait, Edinburgh. Earlier 3-footed bowls from Edinburgh exist (see Compendium vol 1), but the above example predates most Irish 3-footed bowls.|
|July - September 2006||James Tait - was the son of John Tait and Helen Yorstoun. James was born a twin to his sister, Margaret (1679), and was apprenticed to his uncle, George Yorstoun (1694). He became a freeman in 1704. He booked a relative, George Yorstoun III, as an apprentice in 1715 and his own son, Adam (b. 1713, booked 1724, free 1740). He also trained noted mid-18th century goldsmiths William Davie, Robert Gordon and William Gilchrist. Tait's work spanned decades and is represented in the Compendium by more than 30 items including candlesticks, casters, creamers, flatware, mugs, tankards, teapots and spherically-shaped covered sugar bowls.|
|1740 ca set of 3 Scots fiddle pattern teaspoons by Dougal Ged Edinburgh maker's mark only.|
|January - March 2007||
Henry Bethune - son of David Bethune of Bandon, was apprenticed to James Penman in 1694 and became a freeman in 1704. John Rollo was one of his proteges.
Bethune was among the group of exceptional Edinburgh goldsmiths trained by James Penman. He crafted many fine pieces and, along with Colin McKenzie, Colin Campbell and James Mitchelson, virtually cornered the market on the earliest teapots produced.
Bethune contributed a completely novel design for Scottish silver with his egg-shaped teapots of 1719-1723. Examples of these can be seen at Colonial Williamsburg (Hyman Collection), the National Museums of Scotland and from the Los Angeles County Museum Loan Exhibition [Compendium of Scottish Silver].
|c 1717-19 Henry Bethune tumbler cup, assayed by Edward Penman. For more detail, see Compendium of Scottish Silver vol 1.|
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