Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
Three twelve-sided dishes with decoration similar to that on this example—remnants of one of the earliest services produced by Du Paquier—survive at the Residenz in Munich. The dessert service was acquired for the Bavarian court in 1722–23. Serving dishes such as this one may have been intended to hold pyramids of candied fruit, one of the staples of the dessert table. It is not known if the Museum’s dish belonged to the Bavarian service or is slightly later.
Arnold Weissberger (in 1904–07) ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1950; to MMA)