3192
3192
A Rare American Silver Centerpiece Bowl, William Ball, Baltimore, circa 1805
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 32,500 USD
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3192
A Rare American Silver Centerpiece Bowl, William Ball, Baltimore, circa 1805
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 32,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Iris Schwartz Collection of American Silver

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A Rare American Silver Centerpiece Bowl, William Ball, Baltimore, circa 1805
of good weight, round with slightly domed base, the sides bright-cut and engraved with a wide band of ferns and formal foliage entwined with quilted ribbon below two narrow rows of beading, the center engraved with a stag head crest
marked on base W. BALL and STERLING in rectangles
diameter 10 3/8 in.
26.4cm
28oz 6dwt
880g
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Provenance

Governor Charles Ridgely of Hampton (1760-1829), to his daughter
Mary Ridgely, married Charles S.W. Dorsey, to their daughter
Rebecca Hanson Dorsey, married Col. George R. Gaither, to their son
George R. Gaither (d. before 1972)
Sold, Sotheby's, New York, 15 June 1998, lot 1726

Literature

Pleasants, J. Hall and Sill, Howard, Maryland Silversmiths 1715-1830, 1972, pl XXII.

Catalogue Note

The crest is that of the Ridgely family of Baltimore County.

This bowl descended in the family from Charles Carnan Ridgely (1760-1829), who was Governor of Maryland 1815-1818.  Born a Carnan, he reversed his names to inherit Hampton and the estate of his uncle, Captain Charles Ridgely.  He married Priscilla Dorsey in 1782, and the couple had over a dozen children.  At his death, he owned 10,000 acres in Baltimore County and over 300 slaves; all of the slaves below the age of 45 were freed.

He was an enthusiastic patron of silver, ordering pieces from Barry, Boehme, and Aiken as well as William Ball.  Pleasants & Sill illustrate a footed bowl by Ball with the same provenance as well as the offered piece.

The Iris Schwartz Collection of American Silver

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New York