Overall (confirmed): 12 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 in., 36 oz. (31.4 x 16.5 x 12.1 cm, 1.12kg)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Not on view
The decoration on these ewers, which shows dolphins frolicking in the waves, was done by a great master who was at ease with his tools, capable of improvising and animating his subject. Used for wine, the ewers are believed to have been part of the famous Paston Treasure, a collection of exotica recorded in a still life in the 1660s.
Inscription: Old inventory number is pricked on the reel-shaped part of the stand: "97", also beside coat of arms on inside of cover hinges, on cover side.
Marking:  a branch in a shield? (unidentified);  Leopard’s head crowned (London assay office mark);  Lion passant guardant (English quality mark for sterling);  V in shield (London date letter for 1597/98).
Location of marks: On front neck under rim; also on insetting flange of cover
Bridget Paston (1st wife of Sir Edward Coke) (until d. 1598) ; Sir Edward Coke (until 1598) ; Sir William Paston (until 1663) ; Sir Robert Paston, Earl of Yarmouth (in 1679) ; Joseph Leeson, Earl of Milltown (by 1763, when he was created Earl on May 10, 1763) ; Private Collection (until 1885) ; [ Christie's, London , July 17, 1885, lot 122 ] ; Private Collection (until 1905) ; [ Christie's, London , June 28, 1905, lot 95 ] ; Colonel R. W. Chandos-Pole (until 1914) ; [ Christie's, London , July 1, 1914, lot 51 ] ; William Randolph Hearst (until 1939; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, January 5–7, 1939, lot 278); Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540