Porringer

1925
Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 5.4 x 21.6 cm, 388.1 gm (2 1/8 x 8 1/2 in., 0.9 lb.)

Accession Number

2003.817

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

Large silver porringer with bowl with everted rim and with encircling band of six Viking ships; applied handle with Viking ship at center encirlced by scrolled, wave-like design featuringstylized dolphins, and incorporating chased initials “JHR” at top.


As was common in Arts and Crafts silver, Arthur Stone’s shop used a colonial form - in this case, the porringer - but altered it through the addition of chased decoration incorporating an unusual Viking ship, which is used on both the bowl and the elaborate handle. This porringer was a presentation piece, given to John Herbert Ross at his birth. Ross was a descendant of Denman Waldo Ross, who was connected with Stone through their mutual involvement in Handicraft Shop. The same donor also gave the Museum an Arthur Stone plate (2003.818) decorated with three engraved groupings of elephants, which had been given to John Herbert Ross on his first Christmas, in 1925.
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

Engraved on bottom of bowl: "JOHN HERBERT ROSS / MARCH 15 - 1925 / FROM / HIS GRANDPARENTS / Mary Carney Vose Parker [in sceript] / "Herbert Parker [in script]."

Markings

Marked on bottom of bowl "Stone [with hammer] / STERLING."

Provenance

Given to John Herbert Ross (1925-2002) as a gift from his grandparents; by descent to the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of John Herbert Ross and Barbara O'Neil Ross