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Thomas Parr I An Understatedly Sized Monteith Bowl

Silver
London, 1701
Maker’s mark of Thomas Parr

Diameter: 27.3 cm, 10 ¾ in.
Weight: 1,617 g, 52 oz
 

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Provenance

Probably E. Marshall Hall, Esq. K.C. of 3 Temple Garden, E.C.
Christie's, London, May 28, 1907, lot 71 (£190 to Heigham)
Christie's, London, June 4, 2013, lot 345

Literature

G. Lee, British Silver Monteith Bowls including American and European Examples, Byfleet, 1978, no. 146, p. 83

Silversmith Biography

Son of Henry Parr late of the County of Cork in the Kingdom of Ireland clerk deceased, apprenticed to Simon Noy 9th September 1687. Free of the apprenticeship, 8th August 1694. Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Hall, October 1712. His first mark is entered as a largeworker, undated, probably April 1697 on the commencement of his registration. His address was Wood Street, London. His second mark was entered 19th August 1717 and his address Cheapside, London. He was a signatory as ‘working goldsmith’ to the petition complaining of the competition of ‘necessitous strangers’, (The Huguenot silversmiths), December 1711. He also signed against assaying work of foreigners not having served seven years apprenticeship, February 1716. The baptism and/or burials of eight sons and daughters of Thomas and Sarah Parr are recorded in the registers of St Matthew, Friday Street, between 1703 and 1713 and two further sons at St Vedast, Foster Lane, 1716 and 1718. Thomas Parr’s own burial, however, appears to be unrecorded in either of these registers. He had died by 20th June 1728 when his widow Sarah entered her mark.

Description

The montieth bowl on a gadrooned pedestal foot,  the main body with vertical fluting. The central cartouche with asymmetrical scrolls, shells and scalework to form the mantling to the roundel which is  engraved with a reverse cypher. The drop-handles pendant from winged lion masks and the detachable scalloped rim with cherub heads at the high points.

Fully hallmarked on body, rim and handles.

An Understatedly Sized Monteith Bowl Reference: DT22.61.5