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Two-handled bowl (part of a set)

Date:
Porcelain 1573–1620; mounts ca. 1585
Culture:
Chinese with British (London) mounts
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain, silver gilt
Dimensions:
H: 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm.), Diam: 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm.), Diam. with handles: 13 in. (33 cm.)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
44.14.5
  • Description

    A magnificent house and its rich furnishings were an essential expression of power in the sixteenth century. This group of Chinese porcelain with finely-worked mounts is associated with the family of Elizabeth I’s adviser, William Cecil, Lord Burghley. The pieces may have been a bequest from the colonizer of Virginia, Sir Walter Raleigh, to Lord Burghley’s son Robert.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: unmarked

  • Provenance

    William Cecil, Lord Burghley , Burghley, Northamptonshire, England ; Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter ; William Alleyne Cecil, 3rd Marquis of Exeter ; [ Exeter Sale, Christie's, London , June 7–8, 1888, 256-59; sold to Agnew ] ; William Agnew (in 1888) ; J. Pierpont Morgan ; J. P. Morgan Jr.

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