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Bowl

Maker:
Paul de Lamerie (British, 1688–1751, active 1712–51)
Date:
1744–45
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 3 7/8 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in., 27 oz. 8.2 dwt. (9.8 x 19.7 x 19.7 cm, 0.8525kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.64
Not on view
English merchants carried luxury goods of all kinds to the American colonies, where they set a fashionable standard that was emulated by local artisans. These three pieces—teakettle, basket and bowl—formed part of a larger service that was owned by a prosperous merchant in Philadelphia. David Franks, the son of a prominent Jewish family in New York, married Margaret Evans in 1744, and this service was likely purchased to mark their marriage. The silversmith, Paul de Lamerie, was the head of a flourishing workshop, and these rococo pieces were in the vanguard of London taste.
Inscription: Engraved on the underside of bowl: 27=16 (weight, 27 Troy ounces, 16 penny weights)

Marking: [1] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[2] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] i in shaped outline (London date letter for 1744);
[4] PL dot between and pellet below a crown above in shaped outline (maker's mark for Paul de Lamerie);
[5] Obscured mark.

Location of marks:
On underside of bowl
Mr. Edward Dawkins , Guilsborough Grange, Northampton (until 1906; sale, Christie's, London, March 22, 1906, lot 103); Mrs. John E. Rovensky (until 1957; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, January 25, 1957, lot 542); Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
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