1 3/8 x 15 7/8 in. (3.5 x 40.3 cm); 48 oz. 3 dwt. (1497 g)
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
Salvers, or trays raised on a base or upon multiple feet, were a popular form in eighteenth-century silver. This large and vigorously shaped example, by the New York maker Daniel Christian Fueter, is particularly notable for the engraved arms in an elaborate Rococo shield. They belong to the Provost family, a prominent New York family of French Huguenot extraction.
Inscription: engraved at center: [coat of arms, crest and motto of (possibly) Provo[o]st family ] motto reads: PRO LIBERTATE
Marking: marked on underside: D C F (in oval) ; N:/ YORK (in shaped surround) (mark partially effaced)
Provost family; Charles Allen Munn (1859–1924), New York, NY; bequest to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1924.