Fine Yellow Gold, Cloisonne Enamel, and Stone-mounted Carved Rock Crystal Bowl, the bowl Mughal, c. 18th century, the rim carved with leaftip pendants, with short acanthus scroll handles, underside carved with a chrysanthemum, mounted on a yellow gold foot made by Robert Phillips, London, 1867, with white enamel beaded rim, over band of applied bullet-shaped carved banded agates, over band of green enamel leaves, and small pink navette-shaped stones over small pink enamel wings, engraved to underside of foot "Robert Phillips, fecit London 1867," bowl wd. to handles 7 3/4, foot dia. 5 in.
Note: This bowl, created in the archeological style, reflects the mid 19th century fascination with Greek and Roman antiquity. Robert Phillips had a shop on Cockspur Street in London, and is known for his fine jeweled gold mountings on Mughal crystal bowls, and his archaeological-inspired jewelry. Phillips is known to have visited Rome in the 1850s on a study trip, where he viewed period Roman works of glass, gold, and lapidary, including the collection of antiquities owned by the Italian firm Castellani. Phillips exhibited at the 1867 Paris Exposition Universelle, and it is quite possible that this bowl was exhibited there. Two similar examples by Phillips are held in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
bowl with rim chip approx 1/4-5/8", and associated vertical crack approx. 2".
foot good. gold tests as high carat (between 22 and 18kt).