All of oval shape, the bases raised on 4 cast pellet and leaf supports rising to a chased band of stiff leafage between two beaded borders. The top surfaces of the bases chased with four flower heads of 8 petals separated by chased matted bands. The detachable bowls fastened by screw threads descending from the 4 cast feet through the centres of the flower heads and secured by small nuts. The lower part of the flared sides finely chased with a wider band of upright stiff leafage and the upper part plain. The galleried rims embossed with swags and paterae separated by a finely cast and chased ram's head with drop ring handle at each end and with a circular cartouche half way along each side, each cartouche engraved with the same crest.
A Royal Collection
A Private Collection
These outstanding bowls are the finest pieces of Hennel silver we have ever purchased. It is tempting to say they were designed by Robert Adam as the neoclassical elements are so redolent of much of his work. It is certainly fair to say that the Adam influence is an inherent part of their overall conception.
Robert Hennel was one of the great exponents of a gentler form of neoclassicism, his baskets, for example, are some of the prettiest to be found at this time. These bowls, by contast, have a much greater boldness in their execution and are more in keeping with his few epergnes made in the 1770's and 80's. The stands and the bowls are all fully marked but the crests of a demi lion rampant with a pheon between its paws has not been traced.