9234. Antique Queen Anne Octagonal Silver Sugar Bowl - Price £4,950

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A rare early English silver bowl of octagonal form. Lovely plain style and heavy gauge silver. Excellent sharp lines and good size. Hand engraved to the front is an armorial within a decorative cartouche. Weight 209 grams, 4.2 troy ounces. Height 6.1 cms. Diameter 11.4 cms. London 1714. Maker Jonathan Newton.

Biography - Jonathan Newton, apprenticed to William Gibson October 1702, entered his first mark as largeworker, Lombard St, in October 1711. Later marks entered in 1718 and 1720. Also in partnership with Thomas Cole 1744-5 and Cole & Newton.1753-5.

Condition - This excellent silver bowl is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent patina. Good definition on the corners. Marked on the side with a full set of English hallmarks. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Literature - Early sugar bowls, like the small size teapot, were of small capacity due to the rarity of tea. Small circular bowls from the late 17th century can occasionally be found, these were probably tea bowls originally but by 1710 the sugar bowl started to appear, often with a cover; these were usually round however octagonal examples are very rare and extremely desirable. Around 1730 larger bowls were introduced, possibly for slops and by the 1760s the swing handled sugar or sweetmeat baskets were available.

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