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Set of six nesting beakers with case

P. H., London (ca. 1681–1691)
British, London
Beakers: gilded silver; case: shagreen
Height (.308a): 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm); Height (.308f): 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
Not on view
Such nests of beakers were rare in England. The idea is borrowed from the German sixteenth-century Monatsbecher, frequently decorated with scenes of the Labors of the Months.
Marking: [1] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[2] Lion passant guardant (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] l (London date letter for 1688–89);
[4] PH in dentated reserve (maker's mark).

Location of marks:
[1]–[4] on all undersides;
[1], [4] on top of cover.
Private Collection (until 1967; sale, Christie's, London, April 26, 1967, no. 127) ; Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
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