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The circular dish has a flat rim that is embossed with six ovals enclosing, alternately, clusters of fruit and dolphins. The spaces between the bosses are engraved with flowers and foliage. The rounded well of the basin is similarly engraved, with insects and masks incorporated into the...

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Armorials: In central boss in basse-taille enamel, the arms of Cholmondeley impaling Holford for Sir Hugh Cholmondeley of Cholmondeley (1552–1601), who in 1575 married Mary, daughter of Christopher Holford of Holford, Cheshire


On rim, date letter B; lion passant; leopard's head crowned; indistinct maker's mark


: By descent to Lord Delamere; July 16, 1930, sold by Lord Delamere at Christie's, Manson & Woods, London, lot 63, and bought by Garrard & Co., London; By 1946, sold by Garrard & Co. to Richard C. Paine, Boston; 1946, gift of Richard C. Paine. (Accession date: September 12, 1946)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard C. Paine

English, 1599–1600

Object Place

London, England


H. 6.8 cm (2 11/16 in.); Diameter 49.2 cm (19 3/8 in.); Weight 2,948 gm (94 oz 15 dwt)

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Medium or Technique

Silver gilt and basse-taille enamel on silver