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In conjunction with the exhibition Bernini: Sculpting in Clay (on view October 3, 2012–January 6, 2013), Jennifer Montagu, Honorary Fellow, The Warburg Institute, London University, outlines the history of bozzetti, modelli, and copies by various sculptors, including Bernini. Preliminary models were used by sculptors to sketch their designs, but sometimes, artists used the work of assistants or even other artists in order to create their full-scale sculptures.
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Dish (one of a pair)
Pair of fruit dishes
Dish (one of a pair) (part of a set)
Set of dishes
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The somber simplicity of these dishes, which were intended for display on a sideboard, is complemented by the restrained engraving of the armorials at the center. The shield contains the arms of Sir John Brownlow (1594–1679) impaling—that is, shown side-by-side with—the arms of his wife, Alice Pulteney. The crest above, depicting a greyhound, is engraved in a different style and was added by the family at a later date.
Inscription: Inscribed: 76-14 (on flat of underside) (weight in Troy ounces and penny weights)Marking:  Lion's head crowned;
 Lion passant guardant;
 G, date letter for London, 1664-65;
 A F, a mullet between 2 pellets below, in pointed shield;
Location of marks:
- on underside of .80 near lip, on flute directly below the middle line of the coat of arms.
Sir John Brownlow (until 1929; sale, Christie's, March 13, 1929, no. 58) ; William Randolph Hearst (until 1939; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, January 5–7, 1939, no . 303); Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
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