Box

about 1906
Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 2 x 4.4 cm (13/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1979.175

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

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.

Inscription

None.

Markings

“STERLING” struck and “Stone” incised, and struck across St incuse chasing hammer, on center of base.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Coburn Fund