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Sideboard Dish

Maker:
Lewis Mettayer (British, active 1700, died 1740)
Date:
1717/18
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 27 x 27 in., 246 oz. 5.5 dwt. (68.6 x 68.6 cm, 7.66kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.169
Not on view
This monumental dish would have been displayed on a sideboard with a matching ewer. The royal arms engraved in the center suggest that it was issued by the Jewel Office, most likely as a perquisite to the writer Joseph Addison, who served as Secretary of State. The style of the richly molded border reflects the influence of French court style.
Inscription: Motto: DIEU ET MON DROIT

Marking: [1] ME, pellet between 2 billing (?) hooks, an ermine tail? above in shaped punch, maker's mark for Lewis Mettayer (Grimwade 2018)
[2] Lion's head erased;
[3] Britannia;
[4] Roman capital B in pointed shield, London date letter for 1717-18

Location of marks:
On upper surface of rim, below arms.
[ S. J. Phillips Ltd. ; to Irwin Untermyer, December 10, 1971 ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1971–72; to MMA)
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