Chafing Dish

English (London)
Marked by Anthony Nelme

Object Place: Europe, London, England


H. 12.8 cm x 22.6 cm (5 1/16 x 8 7/8 in.); Weight: 1,757.7 gm (56oz 10 dwt)

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The dish is supported by three scrolled legs of complex outline, with beading applied to the center ridge. They are cast in two pieces and seamed vertically. The body of the dish is hemispherical, with a pierced and gadrooned fitting to contain the lamp at the center of the base. It is raised from heavy sheet, with applied cut-card work in an arcaded pattern on the underside. In several areas the surface is unevenly adhered. The upper rim is a separate seamed section with an applied wire rim, pierced with an arcade pattern. The gadrooned fitting for the lamp protrudes below the dish with a finial on its underside and a band of circular piercing connecting to the dish. The circular lamp with a cylindrical base has a gadrooned rim. It has a flat cover with deep bezel, wire rim, and cut-card decoration around a molded hole; a screw with a scallop collar fits in the hole. The scrolled cast triangular frame is suspended across the dish from the three scrolled legs.


ARMORIALS: engraved on cover of burner and on rim of body, the arms and crest of Grenville impaling Temple, possibly for Richard grenville of Wotton, co. buckinghamshire (d. 1719), who married Eleanor, daughter of Sir Peter Temple of Stanton Barry, co. Buckinhamshire.


On rim between piercings, maker's mark Ne (repeated on base of burner); Britannia; lion's head erased; date letter f


Tiffany & Co., New York, purchased by Theodora Wilbour, January 5, 1939, Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: January 12, 1939)

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Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)