Quaich

Scottish
1669–75
Marked by William Law (apprenticed 1650, died in 1683)


Object Place: Europe, Edinburgh, Scotland

Dimensions

H. 7.4 cm (2 15/16 in.); W. 27 cm (10 5/8 in.); D. 18 cm (7 1/16 in.); Weight 442 gm (14 oz 4 dwt)

Accession Number

62.168

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The shallow rounded bowl rests on a straight foot with a flared rim. The two tapering handles are rectangular in section. The body of the bowl is engraved with square panels alternately plain or filled with a stylized flower. An engraved horizontal band divides the center of the bowl. The body of the vessel is raised; the foot is seamed and formed. The handles are constructed of several joined pieces of sheet. The decoration is engraved.

Inscription

Armorials: Engraved on handle, an unidentified coat of arms

Inscriptions: Engraved in center of bowl, an unidentified cypher over a baron's coronet

Markings

On rim, maker's mark WL a crown above a mullet below (Jackson, 1921, p. 499; rev. ed. 1989, p. 543); Edinburgh town mark; deacon's mark of Alexander Reid.

Provenance

Purchased from Firestone & Parson, Boston, to the MFA for $9,000 with object 62.167. (Accession date: February 14, 1962)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour