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Abraham Portal (British, active ca. 1747–died 1809)
British, London
Silver gilt
Overall (confirmed): 13/16 x 23 1/8 x 18 1/4 in., 150 oz. 15 dwt. (2.1 x 58.7 x 46.4 cm, 4689g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
Not on view
Although silver made by the Jewel Office for diplomatic officers was generally classical in inspiration, this ewer and basin represent a rare foray into the rococo style. They were part of a large service for three dozen guests made for Sir Charles Hanbury Williams’s embassy to Russia in 1755.
Marking: [1] AP (Grimwade 73) on the underside of the foot
Queen Mary of Teck, (wife of King George V of England, r. 1910–1936) ; H.R.H. Princess Mary of England, "The Princess Royal", Countess of Harewood (until 1966; her sale, Christie's, July 6, 1966, no. 115) ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. (until 1967; to Irwin Untermyer, September 28, 1967) ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1967–68; to MMA)
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