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Bread Dish

Decorative Arts

DATES ca. 1887
DIMENSIONS 3 x 11 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (7.6 x 29.8 x 24.8 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS impresed on bottom: lion passant (in shield): anchor (in shield); Gothic letter G (in shield)/female head facing right/2715/STERLING. Scratch #23 (?)
SIGNATURE not signed
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Marie Bernice Bitzer, by exchange
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CAPTION Gorham Manufacturing Company (founded 1865). Bread Dish, ca. 1887. Silver, 3 x 11 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (7.6 x 29.8 x 24.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Marie Bernice Bitzer, by exchange, 1995.57. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 1995.57_view1_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Footed Dish: silver. Oval concave dish rests on a plain oval ogee foot. The dish is elaborately repoussed around a central oval void containing the initials in script: MLB. Surrounding this is an area of layered pointed petal forms. Followed by an area of broad volutes, most engraved with dense abstract pattern. The volutes rest on a diaper ground. At each end of the dish, volutes surround layered feathers with scrolling acanthus foliage above. At each long side, volutes surround areas of densely packed blossoms. The dish has a beaded rim broken on each long side by a c-shaped cartouche, containing abstract shell forms, rising above the rim, and terminating on each short side with small opposed c-scrolls. CONDITION - Fine.
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Bread Dish