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Bowl

Silver

Origin: London

Date: 1684-1685

29.2 cm diameter; 14.3 cm height; 1053 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1684-5, maker's mark GG, pellet below, for George Garthorne

Heraldry: Possibly the arms of Mildmay

Provenance: The Mildmay family, sale, Christie's, 27 April 1983, lot 200; Jaime Ortiz-Pati ņo, sale, Sotheby's New York, 25 May 1992, lot 138; the Whiteley Trust

Museum purchase, 2000. Acquired from the A. H. Whiteley Settlement with contributions from the National Art Collections Fund, the MGC/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Headley Trust, the Friends of the Ashmolean (from the bequest of Mrs Margery Meeres), the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and the British Antique Dealers' Association.; WA2000.14

T. Schroder (2009), no. 226

The 'monteith' was a bowl notched at the rim, or with a detachable rim, from which glasses could be hung in the water to cool them. The vessel is so-called after a fantastical Scot called 'Monsieur Monteigh who wore a cloak with a notched hem. It was also used as a punch bowl. The most distinctive and common feature of monteiths from the 1680s is the applied border pattern of cast stylized foliage. The flat-chased, Chinese inspired decoration is also unique to this period of silver production. Known as 'Japan work', it is one of the briefest fashions in English plate. The vast majority of the work is hallmarked for about 1680-1688.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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