A.E. Warner Jr. "Repousse" Footed Sterling Silver Bowl
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Stamped "Warner" and "11-2" on the underside, this footed bowl traces to Baltimore and dates somewhere in the last third of the 19th century. "11-2" is one of several idiosyncratic Baltimore standard marks, which in this case indicates a silver content marginally higher than sterling.
Andrew Ellicott Warner, and his son of the same name who made this piece, stand forward as one of the most prominent names in silversmithing in a city known for that trade, and the basis for their high reputation shows in this piece.
It is an open, oval bowl that measures 12 3/4" long handle tip to handle tip, rises 5" to the highest point, and weighs a substantial 21.0 T. oz. It has a flat bottomed interior and stands on four acanthus leaf and paw form, cast legs. The applied handles are also cast, and set in a design that mirrors the hand chasing of the bowl body.
The interior base has a repeating engraved motif that suggests engine turning. This area contains a central reserve that is encircled with a leafy wreath within which there is an Old English "M" monogram. The repousse work on the body is emblematic of the art and characteristic of what has evolved into a style strongly associated with Baltimore. An A.E. Warner Jr. footed bowl that shares similarities with this, and in particular exhibits the same chasing style, resides in the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art and is illustrated in that institution's publication "Maryland Silver."
The condition is excellent estate. The raised and engraved surfaces show slight softening from polishing, but overall remain well-articulated and sharply defined. There are no dents, pinholes, or repairs. The flat bottom evidences a bit of waviness and has slight imprints at the places where two of the legs rest. The legs are intact and the pieces sits evenly.