William Fowle

Thomas Fowle employed a number of subcontractors and specialist manufacturers to provide a wide range of plate and jewellery. Among them was his nephew William Fowle who had been apprenticed to Arthur Manwaring in 1674, becoming free in 1681, when he was established with a house and shop in Hungerford Market, off the Strand. Thomas financed his nephew's trade, taking much of his production, until William's untimely death in 1684. Prominent among William's plate were splendid toilet services, either finely cast and chased with mythological scenes, such as the Calverley set at the Victoria and Albert Museum, or flat-chased with lively chinoiseries such as that at the Metropolitan Museum, New York.