Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938)
Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States
Overall: 2 x 4.4 cm (13/16 x 1 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)
The circular box has a friction-fitted lid ornamented with a large chased Tudor rose. The interior is gold washed.
Sometimes called patch or pill boxes, these small containers were most likely used for personal effects such as pills or stamps. Incorporating floral patterns and swirled lines, the boxes are representative of Stone’s fine work and skill at chasing ornament. He often washed the interiors in gold, as he sometimes did with his miniatures, thus intentionally emphasizing their preciousness.
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.
“STERLING” struck and “Stone” incised, and struck across St incuse chasing hammer, on center of base.
Arthur and Elizabeth Bent Stone estate to their companion Annie E. Priest; by descent to Alma Bent, Stone’s cousin, from whom the Museum purchased the piece.
Helen and Alice Coburn Fund