The Collection at the BMA

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Squat, urn-shaped silver covered sugar bowl resting on a square base that is decorated with bright-cut engraving in a pattern of floral motifs at the corners and bands of squiggly dots between, the round, pierced foot decorated with stylized floral elements in roundels, the body with a pierced middle section in a repetitive geometric pattern that mirrors the decoration on the foot, the upper body engraved with empty circular reserves and leafy and dot swag motifs, the neck with a pierced wavescroll band below a beaded edge, the elongated, domed cover likewise engraved on the inverted shoulder with bands of repeating dots, scallops, and ovals, with small urn finial.

Sugar Bowl

  • Hester Bateman, London, England
  • silver
Small covered dish in silver, originally with glass liner, resting on four leafy ball feet, the lower and upper edge of the body with a band of beading, the body with a narrow band at top and bottom in a pierced guilloche pattern – repeating, interlacing curved bands enriched with rosettes – the central body decorated with bright-cut engraving, on each side a central oval reserve flanked by floral garlands, on one side the reserve engraved with a stag’s head cabossed (crest associated with many different families), on the other with a flower and leaf motif, with two loop handles that terminate in leafage, the domed cover engraved at the edge with a band of leafy motifs, with acorn and oak leaf finial.

Covered Dish

  • Hester Bateman, London, England
  • silver

Covered Sauceboat

  • Hester Bateman, London, England
  • silver
Simple, small silver chamber candlestick with attached snuffer, the well round with beaded edge, the edge of the C-scroll handle/snuffer holder likewise beaded, the urn-shaped candleholder raised on an open pedestal that would have held a fire starter or match, the upper flared rim of the candleholder likewise with beaded edge and the foot decorated with bright-cut engraving, the conical snuffer fits into the holder with an L-shaped hook and has a beaded edge.

Chamber Candlestick and Snuffer

  • Hester Bateman, London, England
  • silver
Small, simple teapot of oval shape with beading around the bottom and upper edges, with plain, straight spout and loop handle that is encased in wicker, the hinged, flat cover with pineapple knop, the main body engraved on both sides with oval reserves (left empty) above two crossed and bound leafy sprigs and below a ribbon.

Teapot

Long, simple silver marrow scoop, or spoon, on one side a long, narrow bowl used to extract marrow from smaller bones, and on the other a shorter, wider bowl used for larger bones, on the reverse of the larger bowl the engraved image of a griffin.

Marrow Scoop or Spoon

  • Hester Bateman, London, England
  • silver
Silver berry spoon with a deep, oval bowl with embossed and chased decoration in a pattern of fruit against a leafy ground, the upper side of the handle engraved with a floral and leaf motif, with an oval reserve designed for a monogram (left empty).

Berry Spoon

  • Hester Bateman, London, England
  • silver
Large silver ladle with long, slightly curved handle and round bowl, the handle with beaded edge, at the end of the handle engraved the emblem of a rampant lion holding a cross.

Punch Ladle

  • Hester Bateman, London, England
  • silver
Simple, unadorned silver ladle with deep, round bowl and curved, tapered handle.

Ladle

  • Hester Bateman, London, England
  • silver
Large, simple silver spoon with deep oval bowl and long tapered handle, the tip of the handle engraved with a star motif.

Spoon

  • Hester Bateman, London, England
  • silver

Fruit or Sweetmeat Basket

  • Hester Bateman, London, England
  • silver