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The Usefulness of Magnificence: Silver and the English Court

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Dish (one of a pair)

Anthony Ficketts (British, active 1635–85)

Date:
1664/65
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 2 7/8 x 18 in., 78 oz. 9 dwt. (7.3 x 45.7 cm, 2.4395kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.80
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed: 76-14 (on flat of underside) (weight in Troy ounces and penny weights)

    Marking: [1] Lion's head crowned;
    [2] Lion passant guardant;
    [3] G, date letter for London, 1664-65;
    [4] A F, a mullet between 2 pellets below, in pointed shield;

    Location of marks:
    [1]-[4] on underside of .80 near lip, on flute directly below the middle line of the coat of arms.

  • Provenance

    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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