Covered Bowl

English (London)
Marked by Francis Nelme (free 1679, died in 1723)

Object Place: Europe, London, England


H. 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.); W. 17.9 cm (7 1/16 in.); D. 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.); Weight 439.4 gm (14 oz 2 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





The low round bowl rests on a plain foot rim. It has gently sloping sides and two S-shaped handles in the form of grotesque animals. The removable cover is flat, with a plain broad rim, and a C-shaped handle in the center. The surface of the bowl and the cover is flat-chased with chinoiserie figures in exotic dress, birds, and foliage. The bowl is raised. The applied foot is constructed of two wires. The raised cover has an applied interior flange fitting. The handles and finial are cast. The decoration is chased and matted.


Armorials: Engraved on the bowl the arms and on the cover, the crest of Jolley or Jolly of Hatton Garden, London, granted 1692

Inscriptions: Engraved on underside of base, R*E*I; 14/7


On underside of base of bowl, maker's mark AN in monogram in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 146; rev. ed. 1989, p. 144) (repeated on inside of cover); lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter N


Purchased from Firestone & Parson, Boston, by the MFA for $3,000. (Accession Date: November 14, 1962)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour