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The raised bowl-shaped chafing dish has a depressed center; the scored rim has drawn and applied molding. The side of the body is pierced in a repeating foliate pattern. A circular pierced grate seats over a recessed ember box and is secured beneath the vessel with a threaded silver nut and bolt...

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On bottom "G / T * R / to / L H" appears in shaded roman letters. Later script engraving notes history of ownership as "Thomas R. Goodwill / to / Lydia Holmes (Bishop) / to Rebecca Bishop / to / John Bishop / to / Lydia H. Bishop (Jones) / to Heber R. Bishop / 1861 / to Ogden M. Bishop / 1903; Known to have been in the family over 100 Years" At the request of the donor, after its acquisition by the museum, the following text was added below the date "1903": "to / James Bishop Peabody / 1955."


On bottom of dish is stamped "EW" over a fleur-de-lis within a shaped cartouche. Ada Mark * F4779


The chafing dish was probably made for Thomas Goodwill (1687-1749), Boston selectman and shipwright, and Rebecca Blakeman (bp. 1689) of Boston, sometime after their marriage in 1710. The chafing dish was passed to their granddaughter Lydia Holmes (1758-1807), child of Rebecca Goodwill (1717-1800) and Nathaniel Holmes (1703-1774), sometime before her marriage to John Bishop (1755-1833) in 1782; to their daughter Rebecca Bishop (1785-1807), who died unmarried; to her brother John Bishop (1787-1830), who died unmarried, or her father, both of whom were alive in 1807; to Lydia H. Bishop (1828-1860), niece or granddaughter to the John Bishops, and wife of Samuel Howell Jones, who died without issue; to her brother, Heber Reginald Bishop (1840-1902) who married Mary Cunningham; to his son Ogden Mills Bishop (1878-1955), died unmarried; to his grand-nephew, James Bishop Peabody (1922-1977), a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and secretary of the Museum from 1971 until his death in 1977; made a gift by his wife, the former Ann Reinecke. Sources: G. Arthur Gray, Esq., "George Holmes of Roxbury, Mass. and Some of His Descendants," NEHGR 58 (1904) 28, 3143-44. Joseph Tracy Eustis, "William Tracy Eustis," NEHGR 61 (1907):220; Herbert Freeman Adams, The Compendium of Tufts Kinsmen (Boston: Tufts Kinsman Project, 1975), p. 11; Medford Vital Records to 1850, pp. 20, 185, 339; Thomas J. Goodwill, 300 Years in America: A History of the Goodwill Family (1985, privately printed), pp. 11-2; Diana L. Smith, comp. The Heber Reginald Bishop Genealogy (Jamestown, RI: Privately printed, 1987), charts 1, 5, 6. Note that the letter "R" noted as the middle initial for Thomas Goodwill in the later engraving is probably a misreading of the initials for the first owner and his wife, Rebecca.

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Gift of Mrs. James B. Peabody in memory of the late James Bishop Peabody

about 1710–25

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


10.8 x 26 x 15 cm (4 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Silver hollowware