Dish (one of a pair)

Maker: Anthony Ficketts (British, active 1635–85)

Date: 1664/65

Culture: British, London

Medium: Silver gilt

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): 2 1/2 x 18 x 18 in., 7 oz. 17 dwt. (6.4 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm, 244.3g)

Classification: Metalwork-Silver

Credit Line: Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968

Accession Number: 68.141.79


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.