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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF RICHARD GEORGE MEECH, Q.C. (LOTS 303-308)

A Charles II Silver Two-handled Bowl and Cover, Maker's Mark AR pellet bewteen, mullets and pellets below, in shaped shield, London, 1679
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF RICHARD GEORGE MEECH, Q.C. (LOTS 303-308)

A Charles II Silver Two-handled Bowl and Cover, Maker's Mark AR pellet bewteen, mullets and pellets below, in shaped shield, London, 1679
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Charles II Silver Two-handled Bowl and Cover, Maker's Mark AR pellet bewteen, mullets and pellets below, in shaped shield, London, 1679
in Northern continental style, the shallow bombé circular body raised on three scroll supports and chased with circular reserves surrounded by acanthus, with lobate scroll handles flanked by curled ribbon, with conforming shallow domed cover with scroll scroll finials for use as feet when cover reversed, the center engraved with a memento mori skull within crossed berried branches above the phrase "Ex dono J P 1679", base engraved with block initials RP
fully marked on bowl, cover with maker's mark only struck three times
length over handles 11 7/8 in.
30.1cm
29oz 10dwt
921g
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Provenance

Miss Parminter
Parish of Withycombe Raleigh
Christie's, London, 16 June 1931, lot 106
Mallet, London
William Randolph Hearst
Sotheby's, London, 17 November 1937, lot 78
Mallet, London

Exhibited

Christie's, London, 1932: Art Treasures Exhibition (British Antiques Dealer's Association).

Catalogue Note

In the 1937 sale it was stated that this bowl was part of a bequest of money etc. left by Miss Parminter to the Charity Commissioners for the Parish of Withycombe Raleigh, to establish a hostel.

A similar bowl by this maker, dated 1677, is in the Huntington Library, California, and is illustrated by Robert R. Wark in British Silver in the Huntington Collection, p. 89, item 219.  Another example, with cover lacking finial, made by Thomas Jenkins, London, 1672, is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, see Ellenor M. Alcorn, English Silver in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Vol. I, item 68, pp. 153-4.

The purpose of these vessels has been a matter of conjecture.  Philippa Glanville in Silver in Tudor and Early Stuart England, illustrates a somewhat similar bowl of 1640 form King's College, Cambridge, described as "bowl for spiced wine".  The latter bowl contained a grater for nutmeg.

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