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Circular basin with two busts protruding from the rim and supported by four standing angels. Bowl cast in one piece, legs and handles cast on reinforced with metal keys and pins, and chased minimally. The outside of the basin with a stippled ground is decorated with fourteen continuous...

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Upper rim: "[gote]ke klinghe de mi gegoten had got geu[e syner selen] rat s anna s katrina s doratea s margret s gardrud hel[p]" Lower rim: "anno dni mcccclxxxiii an mii[s]c[h]al men den [l]our"


Upper rim: "[gote]ke klinghe de mi gegoten"


By 1722, John Churchhill (1650-1722), Duke of Marloborough, Oxfordshire, England. By 1890, Baron Seillière (Chateau de Mello) Oise, France; May 5-10, 1890, Seillière sale, Georges Petit, Paris, lot 429. By 1938, Clarence H. Mackay (1874-1938), Roslyn, NY [see note 1]; 1941, sold by Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, on behalf of the estate of Clarence H. Mackay to the MFA for $15000. (Accession Date: June 5, 1941) Notes: [1] This information is from the records of Clarence H. Mackay per a letter of June 10, 1941 to the MFA from Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., New York. See MFA curatorial files.

Credit Line

Sarah F. Gorham and Alice H. Goddard Fund

German (Bremen), Medieval (Gothic), 1483

Object Place

Bremen, Germany


100.4 x 101.2 cm (39 1/2 x 39 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal: leaded bronze (body of font: 77.7% copper, 9.9% tin, 12.4% lead)