Chafing Dish

English (London)
Marked by Paul Crespin (1694–1770)

Object Place: Europe, London, England


H. 9 cm (3 9/16 in.); Weight: 1,610 gm (51 0z 15 dwt)

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Medium or Technique

Silver, wood

Not On View





The chafing dish has straight pierced sides and rests on three shaped cast feet. The pierced panel forming the main section of the dish is formed of raised sheet, joined to a heavy cast gadrooned border and flaring cast rim at the base. Hinged to either side are double-scroll handles with wooden baluster insets, each formed of two pieces of silver, cast and seamed. The cylindrical, flat-bottomed lamp is raised and supported by an openwork frame that rests inside the cylinder of the stand. The frame is assembled from shaped strips of flat sheet. The lamp has a detachable flat cover with a molded rim and tubes for three wicks. These appear to replace an original single opening for a wick, which has been plunged at the center of the cover.


ARMORIALS: engraved on one foot,the frame, the side of the lamp, and the lamp cover, the crest of Fitzroy, for Charles Fitzroy, second Duke of Grafton, (1683-1757)
INSCRIPTIONS: scratched on underside of body, 39=1. scratched on underside of frame, 4=17. scrathced on underside of lamp, 8 =2; "8223", "H374LU/WS/L"


On underside, leopard's head crowned; maker's mark PC (Grimwade 2149) (repeated on underside of frame and lamp); lion passant (repeated on underside of frame and lamp); date letter i


Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: January 8, 1942)

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Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)