Bowl

about 1908–37
Designed by Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938), Made by Herbert A. Taylor (active 1908–1937)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

10.5 x 23.9 cm (4 1/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1977.19

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The bowl has a slightly flaring lip with a molded edge. The sides are curved, and the foot band is splayed and molded. The sides contain nine incised lotus-petal panels, with a lily blossom and leaves between each, just below the bowl’s lip.


This bowl is reminiscent of eighteenth-century Chinese export porcelain lotus bowls and thus relates to Boston’s predominant taste for colonial design and ornament. The fluid, attenuated floral decoration, however, aligns it with the Art Nouveau style, which had become popular by the turn of the twentieth century. This piece was the first by Stone to enter the Museum’s collection.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

None.

Markings

“STERLING / Stone [with profile of incuse chasing hammer stamped across St] / T” struck on base, near edge.

Provenance

Original owner unknown; purchased by the Museum in 1977 from Firestone and Parsons, Inc., Boston.

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation