An outstanding antique silver monteith bowl complete with the original detachable collar with castellated scroll border and cherub heads. Excellent size and proportions. The body decoration is typical for a monteith of the period 1690-1702 and has a series of asymmetrical tear shaped panels interspersed with unusual foliate “face” motifs; all on an intricately hand chased matted background. The lions mask side handles are beautifully modelled.
Weight 1780 grams, 57.2 troy ounces.
Height 21.4cm (with Monteith collar), 15.6cm (without collar). Diameter 27.5cm (collar), 26.2cm (bowl).
Maker Robert Timbrell.
Britannia standard silver (95.8% pure).
This early English silver punch bowl from the pre Queen Anne period, a rare and highly prized item, is still perfectly functional and can give as much pleasure today as it did over 320 years ago. Can also be used as a wine cooler or for flower display.
Marks. The body is stamped below the rim with a full set of English silver hallmarks, the collar with a fully matching set of marks. All clear and very well preserved. The original scratch weigh 57=2 is etched below the foot.
*Britannia Standard. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent pure. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.
Maker: Robert Timbrell
Robert Timbrell, London silversmith, apprenticed to Augustine Dudley 1678, free 1685/6. Court 1705. 1st mark entered as largeworker, undated, probably April 1697. 2nd mark also undated presumed after 1707, in partnership with his apprentice Joseph Bell I who was freed in October 1707.
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