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Dish (one of a pair) (part of a set)

Maker:
Lewis Mettayer (British, active 1700, died 1740)
Date:
1714/15
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 1 5/16 x 13 1/2 x 7 1/2 in., 23 oz. 2 dwt. (3.3 x 34.3 x 19.1 cm, 718.5g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.292
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 510
When Sir Paul Methuen embarked on his ambassadorial mission to Spain in 1714, he ordered a set of seventeen fruit dishes, of which these five survive (68.141.288–.292). They were used during the dessert service, when they were piled high with candied fruits, sweetmeats, and pastries and arranged in a perfectly symmetrical pattern on the table.
Marking: [1] ME, maker's mark for Lewis Mettayer (Grimwade 2018)
[2] Britannia;
[3] Lion's head erased;
[4] London date letter for 1714-15

Location of marks:
[1]-[4] on underside
Methuen family (until 1920; their sale, Christie's, London, February 25, 1920, no. 77); [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. (until 1967; to Irwin Untermyer, March 28, 1967) ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1967–68; to MMA)
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