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Chafing dish

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The raised bowl-shaped dish with everted rim and recessed ember box is supported on three broken-scroll legs attached at rim and base. The vessel’s wall is pierced in a stylized and symmetrical foliate pattern, which alternates at each leg with a pattern of five vertical panels. The circular...

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On base "Storer 1723" in script appears above "S / E M" in shaded roman letters.


On base below bolt is stamped "T. Edwards" in italics within a rectangle.


Ebenezer Storer (1699 – 1761) and Mary Edwards (1700 – 1772), m. 1723; to their daughter Elizabeth Storer (1726 – 1786) and Isaac Smith (1719 – 1787), m. 1749. By descent to their son William Smith (1755 – 1816) and Hannah Carter (1764 – 1836), m. 1787; to their son Capt. Thomas Carter Smith (1796 – 1880) and Frances Barnard (1804 – 1885), m. 1831; to their daughter Frances Barnard Smith (1832 – 1916) and Thomas Davis Townsend (1826 – 1880), m. 1854; to their son Dr. Charles Wendell Townsend (1859 – 1934) and Gertrude Flint (about 1870 – 1917), m. 1891; to their daughter Margaret Townsend (b. 1894) and C. Hale Sutherland (b. about 1884), m. 1920; to their daughter Mary Flint Sutherland, the donor. Lent in 1911 by Mrs. Charles W. Townsend to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and transferred to Mrs. Hale Sutherland in 1924, by descent to her daughter, the donor: Miss Mary Flint Sutherland.

Credit Line

Gift of Mary F. Sutherland

about 1740

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


9.4 x 17.6 cm (3 11/16 x 6 15/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware