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The shell-shaped dish was press-molded and then hand-finished at the upper edge so that each piece made from the mold shows a slightly different scalloping of the rim. The base, a wreath of coral detail of interior branches, was also pressed into a mold, then encrusted with moss-like seaweeds...

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Provenance

December 1956, purchased in New York by Rita and Frits Markus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus

English, about 1745–49

Object Place

England

Dimensions

5.7 x 8 cm (2 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1983.646

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics, Porcelain