When Sir Paul Methuen embarked on his ambassadorial mission to Spain in 1714, he ordered a set of seventeen fruit dishes, of which these five survive (68.141.288–.292). They were used during the dessert service, when they were piled high with candied fruits, sweetmeats, and pastries and arranged in a perfectly symmetrical pattern on the table.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking:  ME (maker's mark for Lewis Mettayer);  Britannia (English quality mark for sterling);  Lion's head erased (English quality mark for sterling);  London date letter for 1714.
Location of marks: – on underside
Methuen family (until 1920; their sale, Christie's, London, February 25, 1920, lot 77); [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , until March 28, 1967; sold to Irwin Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1967–68; to MMA)