Plate

About 1905–06
Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

1.4 x 12 cm (9/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1978.253

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

This shallow bowl has an applied band at the edge of the raised rim. The bottom has an eight-petaled flower design in negative, created by chased floral decorations; the edge of the rim is encircled by an engraved leafy vine.


The early mark and incongruous combination of delicately engraved floral designs, with deeply chased ornaments obscuring the touchmark, suggest that this piece may have been an unfinished lid or dish that either Stone or one of his assistants used to try out his hand.

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

“STERLING” struck on bottom; “Stone” incised, with profile of chasing hammer struck incuse across St, on bottom.

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

Seth K. Sweetser Fund