Description and Details
We are delighted to offer this Irish Georgian solid silver bowl with the marks of Robert W Smith, Dublin, 1832.This bowl presents an array of exemplary and absolutely delightful features, distinctly Irish and profusely chased with floral, foliate and scrolled motifs. Comparative to English silver of the same period, Irish chased silver features a slightly different style with a deeper and more contrasted relief. This can be very attractive and desirable for ornate interior settings and is an element of additional collectability. Owing to its age and the manner in which Irish chased silver was decorated, this bowl presents a lovely patina and colour contrast between the recessed stippling and the embossed relief areas. The depth and 'crispness' of Irish chasing remain particularly well in this example with ornate decorations throughout that is tactile to the touch.
The decorative and ornamentations on this bowl is spectacular with no corners cut.No space has been wasted without consideration for intricate embellishments; the top flared section features an exceptional sea-spume/coral-like decoration, followed by the band of chased decorations with two crested cartouches and finally a daring yet effective contrast of leaving the bottom section 'plain' with solely a reeded motif to the base edge. Even in the modern day, we believe such decorative yet practical pieces of silverware have versatile uses: why not indulge in displaying and offering some of your favourite fruit on a dining table or perhaps use it as a small flower vase? Additional uses may include a sugar bowl, slop bowl (for instance empty shells when eating seafood), finger bowl etc. The bowl is marked with Irish hallmarks on the bottom rim of the bowl.
We are also pleased to offer a large silver salver made by the same maker and similar decorations with only one year difference in assaying - please do refer to this link here or contact us at email@example.com for further details.
*Please note: all images with other items are for display purposes only, this listing is for the item mentioned in the title.
- Size (cm) W:19cm Handle to Handle H:7cm
- Size (inches) H:7.48 Handle to Handle H:2.75
- Weight: 377 grams (12.1 Troy oz) total.
Good Condition - The bowl in great antique condition with no major visible issues or damage. There are some slight wear and surface scratching as expected with antiques of this age and one section on the flared section that appears to potentially be an old solder (Last two photos).
Due to the stippled/chased decoration, in person, it is quite hard to find without close inspection however, we have mentioned this for accuracy.
We aim to overemphasize and state these issues to avoid disappointment and thus please rest assured they are not significant nor affect the usage of the items.
One note; the 'scraped' area on the rear side of the bowl is not a later damage/defect but as a result of an original action by an assay master performing assay testing. In order to guarantee and confirm the silver content is of passing standard and the assayer would scrape (hopefully a non-disruptive) area of the silverware to test for its purity/contents. Interestingly enough, the remnants of the silver scrapings would be kept upon the retirement of the assay masters and as such some individuals would scrape as much as 'reasonably possible' which led to very large marks, more than really necessary as is the case with this item.
Please refer to the photographs to examine the condition in further detail.
We will always ensure your items are packaged with the utmost care and see the delivery through to the end. In the very rare and unfortunate case of non-delivery/courier loss, you are fully covered with us and we will fully refund you.
*Colours of the product may slightly differ from the photos due to different computer screens & lighting conditions*
- Price negotiations may be possible under certain criteria, please contact us via telephone (07578761640) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) -