George Wickes (British, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 1698–1761 Thurston, Suffolk)
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm); Gr. Diam. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1970
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 510
The arms of William Anne Capel (1732–1799), fourth Earl of Essex, are engraved at the center of this bowl, which was probably part of a tea set. The small scale of the cast and applied shell decoration is characteristic of Wickes's Rococo work.
Inscription: Engraved inside bottom: Arms of Capel
Marking:  Lion passant;  Leopard's head;  Lower case i (London date letter for 1744–45);  GW in gothic letters, three plumed coronet, in shaped reserve (maker's fourth mark)