Basin

Before forks became widely used, basins and ewers were used in aristocratic settings to wash hands in rosewater between courses of a meal. This ornate basin must have been made for a special occasion and used rarely. At its center is a detachable circular boss, which could be easily replaced to accommodate a new owner’s coat of arms. Surrounding the boss are sea creatures and fruit, while the outer circle is decorated with oval reliefs illustrating stories from the Hebrew Bible.

Maker's Mark IV with a star below

probably Dutch or Flemish, active in England, 17th century

Basin

1618

Silver

2 1/2 x 20 x 20 in. (6.4 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm) Troy weight: 98 toz (3048 g)


Acquired in honor of Charles Buckley, 1989

1989.2


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