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    Sale 5199

    Oak Furniture & Works of Art

    6 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 383

    A RARE ENGRAVED PEWTER BOWL, POSSIBLY A FONT BOWL

    EUROPEAN, PROBABLY LATE 16TH OR 17TH CENTURY

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    A RARE ENGRAVED PEWTER BOWL, POSSIBLY A FONT BOWL
    EUROPEAN, PROBABLY LATE 16TH OR 17TH CENTURY
    The rim deeply engraved with interlaced strapwork and scrolling palmettes and rosettes, the deep well lightly line engraved with a radiating petal design of half-moon segments
    18in. (46cm.) diameter


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    The present lot could be by the same hand as a bowl believed by Christopher Peal to be Anglo-Saxon. In his book, British Pewter, 1971, he describes his bowl as 'possibly one of the earliest entire pieces of purely British pewter. A font bowl bearing late Anglo-Saxon decoration carried out in their technique' (fig, 20 p.83). The Peal bowl is now in the V & A Museum catalogued by Anthony North as 'Western European, about 1600.' Pewter at the V & A, No 46. p.71. He considers the design to be a debased Islamic design originating from Veneto-Saracenic wares of the sixteenth century. He says that in the past the bowl was considered to be Anglo-Saxon or Scottish.

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