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Tortoiseshell standing cup and cover

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Inlaid tortoiseshell with gold pique. Figures of Orientals, harlequins, knights on horseback, caryatids, busts, masquerons, emblems and dotted scrolls, inlaid in gold pique and mother of pearl. Finial of lid is horn-blowing monkey. Round bottom with flattened bottom; convexly molded lip, molded...

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Nathaniel von Rothschild (b. 1836 - d. 1905), Vienna; by descent to his nephew, Alphonse Rothschild (b. 1878 - d. 1942), Vienna; sold by his widow, Clarice de Rothschild to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York; 1968, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 10, 1968)

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Otis Norcross Fund

Probably German or Italian, About 1730

Object Place

Germany or Italy


h. 31.8 cm (12 1/2 in.) di.14.6 (5 3/4 in.)

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