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The bowls stand on a high domed foot embossed with clusters of fruit and masks in strapwork. The foot rim is stamped with ovolo decoration. The spool-shaped stem, chased with strapwork against a matted ground, has a flattened central knop that is chased with fruit. The broad flat bowl has a...

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Armorials: Engraved on each side, near rim, the arms of the town of Boston, Lincolnshire Inscriptions: engraved, on underside of foot, B No. 2 14=16


On rim, date letter E; lion passant; leopard's head crowned; maker's mark WH a pellet and a crescent (?) below (unrecorded)


Bought with funds bequeathed by Christopher Audley to the Corporation of Boston, Lincolnshire, sold at auction by George Miller, Jun 1, 1837, lot 74-75, purchased by Thomas Hopkins, Esq.; they descended in his family and were sold at Christie, Manson & Woods, London, May 3, 1906, lot 68, purchased by J. Wells; Crichton Brothers, London, J. P. Morgan (1867–1943), sold Parke Bernet, New York, November 1, 1947, lot 459, purchased by Winston F. C. Guest, December 11, 1952.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Winston F. C. Guest

English (London), 1582–83

Object Place

London, England


Overall Height: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.); Diameter 17.2 cm (6 3/4 in.); Diameter (of foot) 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.); Weight 453.6 gm (14 oz 12 dwt)

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Medium or Technique

Silver gilt