A Classic George III Irish bowl by Joseph Johnson, Dublin, 1798

Maker: 
Joseph Johnson
Dated: 
1798
Dimensions: 
7.4" diameter, 3.75" high
Weight: 
21 oz

Of Plain hemispherical form, the base with reeded border and with a short waisted stem supporting a tapering body with plain applied wire at the rim. The sides engraved with two adjacent crests.

Price: 
£8000
Provenance: 

William Gore (1779-1860), thence by descent to Jarret, 7th Baron Harlech

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The two crests are for Gore and Ormsby represented by William Gore of Porkington who married Mary Jane Ormsby and by Royal Licence adopted the surname of his wife to be before that of his own on 14th October 1814 thus bringing about successive generations of Ormsby Gores following their marriage in January 1815.

Eighteenth century Irish bowls are rare and to find one in superb condition is certainly unusual. It is smaller than an English counterpart although it seems from the very few that have ever come on the market that most Irish punch bowls were of smaller size. Monteiths, however, seemed to have similar proportions to English examples. It is interesting to note that not a single punch bowl is illustrated in all the standard books on Irish silver.