Mazer bowl

Ref: 1702a
  • Designer / Maker

    Designed by William Burges (1827-81)

    Manufactured by Barkentin & Krall (partnership fl. 1883–1932/35)

  • Detail

    Silver, enamel and maplewood

    9 x 12 (at top) x 8 (at base) cm

    English (London), 1868

  • Provenance

    Presented to E.V. Austin by the Surrey Archaeological Society; […]; Bigwood Auctioneers, 1 April 2016, lot 200; English private collection

  • Literature

    Surrey Advertiser & County Times, 14 August 1869, p. 5

  • Notes

    The design of the present bowl or ‘cup’ anticipates a series of six silver and enamel drinking cups designed by Burges and manufactured for himself and a close circle of friends, in the 1870s; see, for example, J. Mordaunt Crook, William Burges and the High Victorian Dream, revised and enlarged edition, 2013, fig. 262.  A page of designs for these bowls, dated 1873, is included in an album inscribed ‘Orfevrerie domestique’, in the collection of the RIBA (SD181 f.15).

    A closely related silver, enamel and wood covered bowl, dated 1878, is in the collection of the British Museum (1981,0603.1).

    Judy Rudoe, in Decorative Arts 1850-1950. A catalogue of the British Museum collection. 2nd ed., 1994, under no. 29, writes: ‘Burges’s eclectic inspiration rarely produced objects as restrained and elegant as this cup, which illustrates his interest in French Gothic art, whether thirteenth-century manuscript illumination, from which the grotesques and diaper ground…’.

    The same might be said to apply to the Austin bowl.

    Further information on the inscriptions will follow.

  • Condition

    Some minor repairs to enamel and cracks to the wooden bowl. The photographs were taken prior to conservation of the enamel.