Antique Silver Bowl


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Object Description

Presented by HRH Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia. A important sterling silver bowl with side handles and a square pedestal foot. Large size. Similar form to the Warwick Vase. Excellent quality chased decoration with flowers, foliage and scrolls. Good heavy weight. To the front is a presentation inscription to Dr Daniel Davies* and the bowl is accompanied by a signed photograph of Prince Faisal. 3470 grams, 111.5 troy ounces. Height 26 cm. Diameter 32 cm. Spread across the handles 39 cm. Base 15.5 cm square. London 1905. Maker Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company.

Biography – This company was established in 1880 by William Gibson and John Lawrence Langman using premises at 112 Regent Street, London, previously John Joseph Mechi. In 1893 the firm took over The Goldsmiths’ Alliance Ltd (late A.B. Savory & Sons) becoming in 1898 the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, active as jewellers, dealers in diamonds and precious stones, silversmiths, electroplaters and watch and clock makers. In 1952 Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd was amalgamated with Garrard & Co Ltd. This prestigious company exhibited at home and abroad including the Indian and Colonial Exhibition (London, 1886), Paris (1889), Chicago (1893), California (1894), Paris (1900) and Franco-British Exhibition (London, 1908).

The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co were manufacturers with workshops in Newcastle Place, Clerkenwell; Regent Works, Sheffield and Rue St George, Paris and also retailer of items supplied by various British gold and silver manufacturers (Martin Hall & Co Ltd, W&G Sissons, Wakely & Wheeler, William Comyns, Harrison Brothers & Howson, etc.)

Object History

*Gifted in 1946 by HRH Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia to Dr Daniel Davies, physician to the household of King George VI. Later Dr Davies became physician, and then extra-physician, to the Queen.

Signed – Made by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company. Originally retailed by O Neill Ltd of Belfast. Presumably later retailed in 1946 by Asprey whose name is engraved on the foot.

Object Condition

This stunning silver bowl is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped on the body with a full set of English silver hallmarks (slightly rubbed but still clear to read).
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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