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Inscription: (under base) THOMAS*VARAM*GIFT*TO*THE*CITTIE*FOR*EVERMarking:  leopard's head crowned; G (London date letter for 1584–85); lion passant;  indistinct maker's mark, but probably I piercing G. Location of marks: (a) - stamped on base of 2 lion's masks; (b) traces of  and  at lower edge, before reinforcing rim was added; (c) faint traces of marks near bottom ring; (d) - stamped in bottom of well; (e) , and  (and perhaps ) stamped on rim
J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1947; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, November 1, 1947, no. 461; sold to E. & A. Silberman Galleries, Inc.); E. & A. Silberman Galleries, Inc. (from 1947) ; Chester D. Tripp (until 1952; to MMA)
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