9109. Antique William III Silver Bowl - Price £11,500

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An early English silver punch bowl from the pre Queen Anne period. *Britannia standard silver. With charmingly quaint lions mask drop ring handles, the foot with a bold gadrooned border. The body decoration, typical for a monteith of the period 1690-1702, has a series of asymmetrical lobed panels intersected by spiral flutes of matted background which closely resemble cornunucopia. Weight 1200 grams, 39oz. Diameter 24.5 cm. Height 15.5 cms. London 1700. Maker George Garthorne, a specialist bowl maker.

Biography - George Garthorne, London silversmith, apprenticed to Thomas Payne 1669, turned over to Francis Garthorne. Free 1680. Grimwade states that Garthorne’s only documented mark (as largeworker) was in 1697 however many bowl by Garthorne are documented as early as 1684 (source Georgina E. Lee Monteith Bowls). Specialist bowl maker, who introduced the detachable Monteith collar in 1684. Garthorne was also recorded as a “weigher” in the assay office. Died 1730.

Condition - This beautiful bowl is in very good, crisp condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks on the body near the top. This bowl may have originally had a detachable Monteith rim.

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 - The Monteith bowl is mentioned in Anthony Wood’s diary in 1683 however the first recorded examples do not appear until the following year (ref. Georgina E. Lee Monteith Bowls). Food at this time was heavily spiced and a cooling drink was needed such as wine or the newly fashionable punch. Hence the requirement for a large bowl which could be filled with either a drink or ice, and to which a shaped removable rim could be used to hold stem glasses, punch ladle and lemon squeezer. A bowl of this type is referred to as a Monteith.

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