Covered Bowl

English (London)
Designed by Charles Robert Ashbee (English, 1863–1942), Marked by Guild of Handicraft Ltd. (English, active 1888–1908)


H. 10.7 x W. 23.8 cm (4 3/16 x 9 3/8 in.); Diameter 10.9 cm (4 5/16 in.) Weight: 311.9 gm (10 oz)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, enamel, pearl

Not On View





The raised circular bowl has a trumpet foot. The wide looping handles on each side of the bowl are each formed of two wires. The circular detachable cover, formed from sheet, has a flat rim and a central disk of bright blue enamel set into a silver bezel. The finial is formed of six wires bent and soldered to form a cage that supports a piece of mother-of-pearl in a silver bezel.

Ashbee, one of the prime exponents of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded the Guild of Handicraft with the humanist intent to provide workers with education, skills, and pride in artistic craftsmanship. As chief designer, Ashbee encouraged craftsmen to interpret and vary basic designs; all versions of this model, for example, have different detailing in the enameling and in the prominent wirework finial.


Below rim, maker's mark GofHLtd (culme 6085)(repeated on bezel of cover); lion passant; leopard's head; date letter h


By 1990, with Historical Design Collection, Inc., dealer, New York, NY; 1990, sold by Historical Design Collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 18, 1990)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour