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ID number:  BIRBI-54.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Title / Object name:  Bloodstone bowl and setting
Object type:  Art object
Culture:  English
Date made:  The mounts, London, 1824/5 and the hardstone, perhaps Milan, about 1600
Materials:  Heliotrope (bloodstone), jasper and silver gilt
Measurements:  57.658 x 50.292 x 32.512 cm
Provenance:  Purchased at Christie's, 25 June 1954, lot 135, for £410
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The bloodstone was probably fashioned into a bowl around 1600, perhaps in a workshop in Milan. The dolphin mount and the setting were created 200 years later by the British goldsmith Paul Storr. He was working for the wealthy and eccentric collector William Beckford who owned many exotic ‘Objects of Vertu’, as such settings of rich stones were known. The bowl appears in a painting by W. Maddox of William Beckford’s favourite objects in his house in Bath. It therefore post dates the collector’s move from his extraordinary Gothic abbey at Fonthill.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Hall mark:London 1824. Makers mark: P S.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'William Beckford, 1760-1844: An Eye for the Magnificent', Bard Graduate Center, New York, USA, 18 October 2001 - 06 January 2002; 'William Beckford, 1760-1844: An Eye for the Magnificent', Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK, 06 February 2002 - 14 April 2002; 'Of Exceptional and Outstanding Merit: Treasures from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts', Wallace Collection, London, UK, 22 May 2013 - 01 September 2013

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