English (London)
1848 or 1849
Marked by John Samuel Hunt (died in 1 died in 1865)

Object Place: Europe, London, England


Weight: 4,862 gm (156 oz 6 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, glass

Not On View





The centerpiece rests on a shaped triangular base with a pair of lion’s feet at each corner. The base is assembled from sheet, and the lion’s feet are thinly cast. An oval plaque with a chased scrolled frame is bolted to each side of the triangle. The stem of the epergne is modeled in the form of a complex rocky base supporting a twisted grapewine. The branches and leaves interwine at the top to form a support for the fluted cut-glass bowl. The branches are cast in many sections and roughly assembled. Two putti are bolted to the rocky base, one standing, the other reclining and wearing a crown of grapes and raising a wine cup. A third putto leans down from the vines above, holding a cluster of grapes. The figures, each cast in several pieces, have an etched surface.


ARMORIALS: engraved on two cartouches on the base, arms, crest and motto of Lowell.
INSCRIPTIONS: engraved in cartouche on the base, the initials of John Amory Lowell in cipher; engraved on underside of base, john Amory Lowell May 3rd 1848 from his grateful friend Mary Booth; John Amory Lowell/1798-1881/John Lowell/1824-1897/John Lowell/1856-1922; stamped on rim of base, HUNT & ROSKELL LATE STORR MORTIMER & HUNT


On edge of rocky base, maker's mark ISH(Culme 8350)(repeated on underside of base) lion passant (repeated on underside of base and all original nuts); leopard's head; date letter n; sovereign's head (repeated on underside of base)


Given in 1848 by Mary Boott to John Amory Lowell (1798-1881), who married Susan Cabot Lowell, to their son John Lowell (1824-1897), who married Lucy B. Emerson, to their son John Lowell (1856-1922), who married Mary Emlen Hale, to their son Ralph Lowell (1890-1978), who married Charlotte Loring (1897-1984), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lowell to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 12, 1964)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lowell