The sheer variety of maiolica forms associated with dining suggests that each type served a specialized function, which in the case of this small footed dish remains unknown. Its shape indicates that it may have been intended as a serving vessel for salt or another condiment. Its decoration clearly distinguishes between the interior and exterior surfaces, with an oak-tree design on the outside, and within, a pair of lovers embracing in a sunset landscape.
probably Baron Gustave de Rothschild , Paris (until d. 1911; to his grandson, Baron Henri Lambert) ; by descent, Baron Henri Lambert (until d. 1933; to his widow, Baroness Johanna Lambert) ; Baroness Rothschild-Lambert (1933–41; sold, Parke-Bernet, New York, March 7, 1941, no. 63; sold for $150 to MMA)