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On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silverplate
DATES ca. 1885
DIMENSIONS 13 3/4 x 13 5/8 x 4 3/8 in. (34.9 x 34.6 x 11.1 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Impressed on back of plaque: circle containing "MERIDEN [shield with scales] B. COMPANY" and below circle, "8300"; incised below these marks: "23 / #"
CREDIT LINE Marie Bernice Bitzer Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Plaque in shape of large shallow bowl with hammered interior surface and applied castings of birds in a tree. This sculptural group consists of a curving branch with leaves and blossoms, a small nest with bird along the bottom edge, and another bird with outstretched wings perched above; attached with screws to plaque. Plaque intended to be hung on wall. Condition: Good; there appear to be two repaired (soldered) breaks on branches; some scratches around interior of bowl; missing screw on back.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION Meriden Britannia Company (1852–1898). Plaque, ca. 1885. Silverplate, 13 3/4 x 13 5/8 x 4 3/8 in. (34.9 x 34.6 x 11.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Marie Bernice Bitzer Fund, 1994.58. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1994.58.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1994.58.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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