Description & Technical information
Silver punch bowl with molded domed foot and lightly indented upper rim, engraved with bands of diaper interrupted by rosettes and strapwork and shell cartouches, enclosing contemporary arms on one side and a crest on the other marked on base and with scratch weight.
The arms are those of Phelips of Montacute Co.Somerset probably for Edward Phelips IV, 1678-1734), M.P. for Somerset. Montacute had originally belonged to his uncle, who left a will of such Byzantine complexity that it was unclear what was left to each of his three daughters; Edward married first the eldest, his cousin Anne, then after her death he married her younger sister Elizabeth, and they bought out the remaining heirs.
This piece is perhaps the "1 Bowl" on "A List of Old Plate belonging to Montacute House", dated October 7, 1844, and describing plate designated as heirlooms by Edward Phelips V (1725-1797); the next item on the list is the epergne recently re-acquired for Montacute House (information courtesy of James Rothwell).
John Swift was active since 1728. Some very nice works of him are in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.
Weight: 1.800 gr
Period: 1600-1750, 18th century
Origin: England, London
Dimensions: 17.5 x 26 cm (6⁷/₈ x 10¹/₄ inches)
Literature: Jackson page 85, Grimwade No 1651, page 675
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