Standing bowl

English (London)
Marked by WH

Object Place: Europe, London, England


Overall height: 12.9 cm (5 1/16 in.); diameter 17.2 cm (6 3/4 in.); diameter (of foot) 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.); weight 453.6 gm (14 oz 12 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)





The bowls stand on a high domed foot embossed with clusters of fruit and masks in strapwork. The foot rim is stamped with ovolo decoration. The spool-shaped stem, chased with strapwork against a matted ground, has a flattened central knop that is chased with fruit. The broad flat bowl has a plain exterior, and on the interior, a raised central boss that is embossed with a bust in profile against an irregularly shaped matted ground. On 52.1835, the figure is a female facing right; on 52.1836, a helmeted man is shown facing left. The rim and bottom of the bowl are engraved with a band of arabesques. The style of the engraved coats of arms of the city suggests that they were added about 1670. The feet of the bowls are constructed of several die-stamped wires, joined to a raised section that makes up the dome. The stem is composed of two raised sections, with the seam covered by the raised knop. The bowl is made from a single sheet, raised, embossed, and engraved. The gilding has been renewed.


Armorials: Engraved on each side, near rim, the arms of the town of Boston, Lincolnshire

Inscriptions: engraved, on underside of foot, B No. 2 14=15


On rim, date letter E; lion passant; leopard's head crowned; maker's mark WH a pellet and a crescent (?) below (unrecorded)


Bought with funds bequeathed by Christopher Audley to the Corporation of Boston, Lincolnshire, sold at auction by George Miller, Jun 1, 1837, lot 74-75, purchased by Thomas Hopkins, Esq.; they descended in his family and were sold at Christie, Manson & Woods, London, May 3, 1906, lot 68, purchased by J. Wells; Crichton Brothers, London, J. P. Morgan (1867–1943), sold Parke Bernet, New York, November 1, 1947, lot 459, purchased by Winston F. C. Guest, December 11, 1952.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Winston F. C. Guest