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ID number: BIRBI-54.5
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: English
Title / Object name / Definition: Bloodstone bowl and setting
Object type: Art object
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
Description: 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.
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