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The inverted pear-shaped body rests on a domed, spreading circular foot. The foot is raised and chased, with a heavy square wire applied to the rim. The body of the vessel is raised from sheet and chased with spiraling flutes, interlocking C-scrolls, and trailing vines and flowers. The curved...

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Engraved in a cartouche on side, IML interlaced cipher.


On underside of base, maker's mark WG (Grimwade 3147) (repeated on bezel of cover); date letter M; leopard's head crowned; lion passant.


According to tradition, Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1836), by descent to his daughter Sophia (1798-1874) who married Andrew Ritchie (d. 1862), to their daughter Elizabeth (1830-1896) who married Dr. Edouard Duplessis Beylard, to their son Edouard Duplessis Beylard (1859-1925), Gift of E. Duplessis Beylard to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 4, 1930)

Credit Line

Gift of E. Duplessis Beylard, great-grandson of the originalowner, H. G. Otis

English (London), 1767–68

Object Place

London, England


H.40.8 cm x W. 25.9 cm x D. 16 cm (16 1/16 x 10 3/16 x 6 5/16 in.); Diameter of base: 14.1 cm (5 9/16 in.); Weight: 2,089.4 gm (67 oz 4 dwt)

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Medium or Technique

Silver, wood