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Pair of vases with covers

I H (British, mid–late 17th century)
British, London
Silver gilt
Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.152a, b, .153a, b
Not on view
Inscription: (Engraved on bottom): 84=4 (weight in troy ounces and pennyweights)

Marking: [1] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[2] Lion passant guardant (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] S in shield (London date letter for 1675–76);
[4] IH, above a fleur-de-lis between two pellets in shaped shield (maker's mark).

Location of marks:
[1], [2], [4] on outside of lid; [4] stamped twice
[1], [2], [3] on outside of neck
[4] on bottom
Earls of Coventry (until 1935; sale, Sotheby's, December 5, 1935, no. 29) ; William Randolph Hearst , St. Donat's Castle, Wales (until 1938; sale, Christie's, December 14, 1938, no. 73); [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , London, until February 7, 1961; sold to Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1961–68; to MMA)
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