Sauceboat , part of set

about 1903
Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

9.9 x 19.9 x 10.3 cm (3 7/8 x 7 13/16 x 4 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1978.232a

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The vessel has a shallow elliptical bowl with delicate chased lines that conform to the shape of the body. It rests on a wrought splayed and molded foot. The high, curved cast handles with applied central band rise from an everted rim and are placed at the narrow ends of the form.


Ascribed entirely to Stone, this sauceboat represents his work before he hired assistants to carry out his designs. It displays a tentative, yet sensitive, touch that translates into a wonderfully delicate line. Several years later, Herman Glendenning made an accompanying tray.

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

None.

Markings

“STERLING” struck on bottom, away from rim; “Stone” incised, with profile of chasing hammer struck incuse across St, on bottom.

Provenance

Arthur and Elizabeth Bent Stone estate to their companion Annie E. Priest; by descent to Alma Bent, Stone’s cousin, from whom the Museum purchased the piece.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund