Dish

English (London)
1895–96
Designed by Gilbert Leigh Marks (English, 1861–1905)


Dimensions

H. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.); Diam: 4.13 cm (1 3/4 in.); Weight: 1, 255.9 gm (40 oz 8 dwt)

Accession Number

1995.9

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The circular dish, formed of sheet, has a broad rim, a sunken center, and a thickened rim. It is chased around the border with interwing leaves and blossoms of sea holly (eryngium) and at the center with a single blossom. A few areas of high relief have been filled with solder from the back, and there are several small details, such as leaf tips applied to the front.


Marks was an outstanding practitioner of chasing, a decorative technique in which detail is created on a metal surface with fine, small hammers and punches. This dish is elaborately chased with sea hollies, and such floral designs were characteristic of Marks’s rich, individual style. These naturalistic designs were based upon the bold floral motifs popular in silver of the late seventeenth century.

Inscription

Engraved on underside, Gilbert marks' 96.

Markings

In center of dish, maker's mark WW/BT (Culme 16026); Britannia; lion's head erased; date letter U.

Provenance

1990, with Nicholas Harris, dealer, London. By 1995, with Asprey Ltd., London; January 25, 1995, sold by Asprey to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour