A rare early 17th century sterling silver dish with applied shell side handles and scalloped rim. Unusual large size. Although quite shallow, this could be a wine taster or a sweetmeat dish. The embossed decoration has 10 segments containing flower motifs. The centre has a prick dot circle containing flower heads and a shield shaped cartouche with a simple coat of arms.
Weight 217 grams, 6.9 troy ounces.
Width across handles 25.6 cm. Diameter 19.2 cm.
English silver hallmarks stamped on the edge for London.
Maker William Maddox.
Provenance: From the collection of Lord Hastings
William Maddox, London silversmith. Apprenticed to his brother John 1599, turned over to John Cheeseman 1600, free 1606. Livery 1632. Records show that Maddox had 12 apprentices/freedoms, including his son John, during the years 1607-1638. Maddox specialized in small dishes. Jackson lists four dishes with this mark from 1630-34 (Revised Jackson, 1989, p. 115).