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Basin

Maker:
Symon Owen (active 1595–1624)
Date:
1610–11
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Gilt silver
Dimensions:
Diam. 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.136
Not on view
It is believed that this ewer and basin, which bear the mark of the prominent London goldsmith Symon Owen, were made for Henry Frederick, prince of Wales (1594–1612) and eldest son of James I of England. While ewers and their accompanying basins were originally intended for the washing of hands at the dining table, they were also employed as part of lavish displays of silver on sideboards or buffets in princely or aristocratic houses.
Marking: [1] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[2] Lion passant (London assay office mark);
[3] n in shaped shield (London date letter for 1610–11)
[4] S.O., pellet above and 3 pellets below in shaped shield (maker's mark)

Location of marks:
[1]-[4] on rim of basin
Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales ; Sneyd family (1750–1924; sale, Christie's, June 24, 1924, no. 87) ; William Randolph Hearst ; Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
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