A George III Irish Silver Bowl
A George III Irish Silver Bowl

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Irish Silver George III Bowl made in 1786


A charming George III Irish silver pedestal sugar bowl with bright-cut engraved decoration and beaded borders.

Date 1786
Made By Matthew West
Location Dublin
Stock Number W173x26

Out of stock

Maker: Matthew West

A charming George III Irish silver pedestal sugar bowl with bright-cut engraved decoration and beaded borders.

There is a family crest engraved on the main body.

Dimensions: height 11.4cm, diameter 12.7 cm

Matthew West

The firm dates its origin to 1720, but the first documentation of the family’s association with the silver trade is in 1748, when John West (born 1734) apprenticed to Bartholomew Mosse, Master Silversmith of Dublin. He was followed by his brother Matthew (1747 – 1806) who apprentices in 1762. After their apprenticeship, both were active as silversmiths and Matthew became Master of the Company of Goldsmiths in 1783/4 and one of the most renowned silversmiths of Dublin. Matthew West was active at Skinner’s Row.

In the 19th century, the family continued the silversmiths and retailers business as Clarke & West (c. 1803, Capel Street), Matthew West, Matthew West & Sons (c. 1825) and later as James West & Son (from 1841 in new premises at 18/19, College Green), becoming one of the foremost jewellers in Ireland.

The British Royal Collection has two brooches made by West & Son. They were bought by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria on a visit to Dublin in 1849.

West & Son participated to the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, and to the Dublin Exhibition of 1853.

Their replicas of antique Irish ornaments, characterized by sinuous, intricate patterning, played an important role in the revival of ancient Celtic designs and in the development of the Arts and Crafts movement.

After the death of James West (1877), the firm was managed by his son Langley Archer West (d. 1932) in partnership (1902-1912) with Charles Howard Lawson, George William Thornley and George Crowly.

In 1912, the firm transferred to new premises at 102/103 Grafton Street, Dublin (from 1965 at 33 Grafton Street). West & Son closed on 13 February 2010.

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Delivery Charges:
For the UK £15.00
For Europe £30.00
For the rest of World £50.00
The charges are subject to change

About William Walter Antiques

At the heart of William Walter Antiques is our dedication to providing our customers with beautiful silver of supreme quality, which celebrates all that is precious about sterling silver. Customer service also being paramount, our long-standing, devoted staff team go above and beyond the call of duty for all our clients. We believe it is this combination of passion and commitment that has kept our customers with us for many years.

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