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Entree Dish

Maker:
Taylor and Lawrie (active 1837–62)
Retailer:
Bailey and Kitchen (active ca. 1833–46)
Date:
ca. 1839
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 10 1/4 in. (20 x 32.1 x 26 cm); 86 oz. 1 dwt. (2676.2 g) Cover: 4 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 8 1/16 in. (11.4 x 24.1 x 20.5 cm) Liner: 2 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 7 11/16 in. (5.7 x 23.5 x 19.5 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward J. Scheider Gift, in memory of Kathleen N. Scheider, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.382a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 705
This covered entrée dish, a rare form in American silver, reflects the burgeoning popularity of the dinner service at this date. Bailey and Kitchen, one of the leading silver and jewelry retailers in nineteenth-century Philadelphia, introduced Britain’s sterling standard to the United States in an effort to compete with English imports. The design of the dish, especially the scroll-and-shell feet, harks back to London silver of the 1760s and 1770s.
Inscription: engraved on body: arms of McKean family
stamped twice on body at rim above handles: 2
stamped twice on cover at rim adjoining "2" marks on body: 2
stamped twice on handles of liner: 2
stamped on exterior side of liner below handle: 2
stamped on bezel of cover beneath one numeral 2: [pair of dots]

Marking: marked on underside of body: BAILEY & KITCHEN (in rectangle) (partially effaced); [three pseudo hallmarks: eagle in octagonal surround, thistle in rectangle and harp in rectangle]
Christie's, New York, sold October 19, 1985, lot 29; Robert Mehlman, New York, NY.
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