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Gorham Antique Sterling Silver 'Sample' Centerpiece Bowl with Liner, Providence, RI, 1913


This is a rare and beautiful centerpiece bowl with its original removable liner. It is an English Charles I, or Jacobean, style piece with an updated interpretation and form. It is beautifully constructed with heavy gauge silver. The splayed, ring foot is pierced and decorated with engraved strap work.

Wonderful bands of rope design are applied around the base, the connection of the base and bowl and the underside of the upper rim. The body is stunning. The piercing is wonderful and the engraving is exquisite. The angelic face of the putti is surrounded by swirling foliate design incorporating heads of birds. This design is repeated four times around the side.

The bowl, although based on a mid 17th century piece, is quite modern in its appearance. It can be used with or without it's original silver plate liner.

A 'sample' at Gorham is an internal special order, these are typically unique.  They were created by Gorham's designers to show Gorham at their very best.

This bowl is pictured in An Illustrated History of Silverware Design by William Codman (p. 37) in the chapter on Elizabethan and Jacobean influence on design.

This rare bowl is marked underneath with Gorham's trademark along with 'STERLING', the sample code 'S N' and the date mark. It is also engraved 'London 1641'. The underside bears the inscription: 'Bequeathed to/ Ella E. Chamberlin/ by /Gertrude M. Bain/ May 1917'.

This stunning centerpiece measures 10.75 inches in diameter by 3.75 inches high, weighs an impressive 36.30 troy ounces and is in excellent condition. The interior of the liner has some wear and scratches.

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