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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)
    Italy (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    late 17th century-early 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tortoise shell inlaid gold, engraved mother-of-pearl, piqué point and partly engraved posé plaques

  • Credit Line:

    Griffin Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.241-1960

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 20

The moulded tortoiseshell is inlaid with engraved mother of pearl, piqué point and partly engraved posé plaques. Five similar pieces are known, including one in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor. The closeness of their shape, design and technique suggests that they were made in the same workshop.

Physical description

Dish, oval with slightly waved edges, inlaid with gold, the border of piqué acanthus foliage and mother-o-pearl rosettes. In the centre a scene showing ruins grouped on either side of an obelisk with, in the foreground, a man reclining on a tree stump near a group of animals and, to the left, two men standing in conversation.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)
Italy (possibly, made)

Date

late 17th century-early 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tortoise shell inlaid gold, engraved mother-of-pearl, piqué point and partly engraved posé plaques

Dimensions

Length: 10.0625 in, Width: 7.5625 in

Descriptive line

Dish, inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell, France or Italy, late 17th century-early 18th century

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
The moulded tortoiseshell is inlaid with engraved mother of pearl, piqué point and partly engraved posé plaques. Five similar pieces are known, including one in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor. The closeness of their shape, design and technique suggests that they were made in the same workshop. [26/11/2002]

Materials

Tortoiseshell; Mother of pearl; Gold

Techniques

Inlay; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Rosettes; Men; Animals; Obelisk; Ruins; Acanthus foliage

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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