A Superb George II Irish Small Bowl

William Townsend, Dublin
4.5" (11.5cm) diameter, 2.75" (7cm) high
6.4oz (200gms)

Of plain hemispherical shape upon a small slightly spreading base with single stepped edge, the rim with simple applied band. The base engraved with initials D over I.M and with scratchweight 6=14.


Sotheby's London, 23rd March, 2000, Lot 571

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Irish bowls from the first half of the 18th century are some of the most appealing made anywhere in Europe. This is due to their superb proportions and balance being generally lower in height than their English counterparts and are wonderful examples of classic Irish Georgian elegance. Whether their use was for punch or sugar the small differences make them some of the most attractive pieces of silverware to be found.

The condition of this bowl is outstanding with a wonderful colour and patination and made by one of the best Irish silversmiths of the 18th century.