Box

1909–15
Designed by Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938), Made by Arthur Hartwell (American, active 1909–1937)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

1.5 x 7.4 x 3.3 cm (9/16 x 2 15/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1979.176

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The oblong box is fitted with a nine-part hinge that attaches the lid, which has a design of chased grapevines, leaves, and grape clusters. 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

“Stone,” with profile of incuse chasing hammer across St, and “STERLING / H” struck on bottom. “4” struck inside box, along bottom edge, and inside lid.

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