ANTIQUE 19THC GEORGIAN SOLID SILVER GILT ROYAL COMMISSIONED BOWL, FARRELL C.1824

ANTIQUE 19THC GEORGIAN SOLID SILVER GILT ROYAL COMMISSIONED BOWL, FARRELL C.1824

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Antique 19th Century Royal Commissioned Georgian Solid Silver bowl, exceptionally heavy and richly gilt, of circular form, beautifully embossed with heraldic symbols and the Royal arms of James I, within a stylized arcade, tooled ground.

Hallmarked English Silver (925), London, year 1824 (i), Maker's mark E.F for Edward Farrell.

Reference Number: A3578

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DESCRIPTION

Antique 19th Century Royal Commissioned Georgian Solid Silver bowl, exceptionally heavy and richly gilt, of circular form, beautifully embossed with heraldic symbols and the Royal arms of James I, within a stylized arcade, tooled ground.

The bowl bears a Gothic inscription: "Shew not thy valientnesse in wine; for wine hath destroyed many" and below "Can a man take fire in his bosome, and all his clothes not bee burned? Can one goe upon hote coales, and his feet not be burned?".

This exceptionally important bowl is one from a set of 34 vessels belonging to King George IV's brother, Prince Frederick the Duke of York, each with a different inscription. The Duke of York purchased a phenomenal amount of silver during his lifetime, often advised by the retailer Kensington Lewis. He commissioned several innovative and exceptional pieces from the silversmith Edward Farrell, showing a love for historicism before it became popular in the late 19th century. Please follow this link to a pair of jugs commissioned to Edward Farrell in the same year.

These particular bowls were based upon a unique 17th century type of English fruitwood drinking bowl, a similar one, dated 1610, is published in O. Evan-Thomas, Domestic Utensils of Wood, London 1932, plate 4.

Literature for these Edward Farrell bowls: "English and French Silver-gilt from the collection of Audrey Love", A. Phillips & J. Sloane, "Christie's books".

Hallmarked English Silver (925 standard), London, year 1824 (i), Maker's mark E.F (Edward Farrell, one of the greatest silversmiths of all time).

CONDITION

In Great condition - No damage, just general wear.

SIZE

Height: 11cm
Width: 16.5cm
Weight: 525g