A RARE INDONESIAN BAROQUE SILVER COVERED BOWL
Jakarta (Batavia), early 18th century, apparently unmarked
The eight lobbed bowl with cover on lobbed foot, with two handles and cover with flower finial.
H. 18.5 x W. 21 cm
Weight 587 grams
This eight lobbed bowl with cover is unmarked as most of these bowls apparently are. However comparison with marked pieces, such as the bowl made by master BI in Batavia in the early 18th century, now in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, puts it beyond doubt that the present bowl was made in Batavia. Bowls, with or without a lid, presumably standing on a lobed dish were among the numerous items of silverware that filled the dinning tables of many a house in Batavia. In inventories they are described as “Een silvere watercom met sijn piering”, a silver water bowl with its dish. Very few complete sets of bowls and dishes have survived. One such set, marked M, G and town mark of Batavia is in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (see: Asia in Amsterdam, cat. 24, p. 104).
From probate inventories it is clear that dinning tables in Batavia featured a wealth of porcelain, glass and above all silver, including candlesticks, plates, dishes, cups, soup tureens, coolers, cloches and bowls like the present one. Most of this silver tableware has vanished over time, melted down to meet the financial needs of its owners in years of money shortage.