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Rose Bowl

English (Birmingham)
Marked by Bernard Cuzner (English, 1877–1956)

Object Place: Europe, Birmingham, England


Overall: Height: 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.); Diameter of rim: 25.7 cm ( 10 1/8 in.); Weight: 1,505.4 gm (48 oz 8 dwt).

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, mother-of-pearl, and garnets

Not On View





The shallow bowl rests on five columns rising from a stepped base. The foot is a circular pedestal assembled from several pieces of seamed sheet with bands of wire and twisted wire along the rim, and above, a row of applied quatrefoils. Five spiraled columns, fabricated from cast and wrought pieces, rest on the foot supporting the bowl. In two borders above and below the columns are horizontal bands of interlaced motifs. The raised bowls has a wide band of chased stylized foliage just below its rim. Overlapping this bond and in line with the columns below are five applied medallions, each set with five pieces of mother-of-pearl forming a rosette pattern. The medallions are secured by a threaded post soldered to the bowl and a nut, decorated with five garnets mounted in a cinquefoil.


Engraved around bowl, "From Lord Ilkeston to Sir Anthony Bowlby .C.M.G. "And stand indebted, over and above. In love and service to you evermore.""


Just below the rim, maker's mark B.C. (Jones, p. 325); anchor; lion passant (repeated on each medallion with stones); date letter m (repeated on each medallion with stones).


Sold Christie's, London, February 20, 1991, lot 55; Historical Design Collection, Inc., New York, purchased September 25, 1991, Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: September 25, 1991)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour