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Mounted dish with figures in a landscape

Date:
ca. 1585
Culture:
British, London mounts and Chinese porcelain
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain, silver gilt
Dimensions:
Height: 4 in. (10.2 cm); Diameter: 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
44.14.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 203
Chinese porcelains were a great rarity in sixteenth-century England, and they were often fitted with gilt-silver mounts that proclaimed their high status as luxury objects. Examples such as this were regarded as suitable for royal gifts or for the furnishing of aristocratic houses.
Marking: [1] (on scalloped band above foot stamped) three trefoils voided within a shaped shield (silversmith's mark);
[2] (inside mount of base, scratched) crescent

The oblique line seen crossing the shield suggests that there was a flaw in the die.
thought to have belonged to William Cecil, Lord Burghley , Burghley House, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England ; possibly bequeathed to Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter , Burghley House, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England ; possibly Sir Walter Raleigh (recently suggested, however, that bequeathed instead by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1597 to Lord Burghley's younger son Robert, 1563–1612); William Alleyne Cecil, 3rd Marquis of Exeter (until 1888; Exeter sale, Christie's, London, June 7–8, 1888, lot 257; sold to Agnew); William Agnew (from 1888) 59; sold to Agnew); J. Pierpont Morgan , New York ; J. P. Morgan Jr. , New York (until 1944; sold by estate to MMA)
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