Salver
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2004.134
People
Maker's mark PB in monogram, British, English
Title
Salver
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
dated 1683
Places
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Period
Charles II (1660-1685)
Culture
British, English
Location
Level 2, Room 2340, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silver
Technique
Embossed
Dimensions
33.5 cm diam. x 8.5 cm depth (13 3/16 x 3 3/8 in.)
878.82 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • hallmark: on top edge near rim, stamped: PB in monogram, date letter for 1683, leopard's head and passant lion
  • inscription: on underside edge of foot, engraved: "Paul Beuren Ao 1683"
Provenance
J. P. Morgan, New York, Bought at Christie's, 1902, Sold at Christie's to Al-Tajir Collection, 1982. Anonymous sale at Christie's, lot 89
Al-Tajir Collection, Bought at Morgan sale, Christie's, Lot 52, 1982, Sold to Harvard University Art Museums, 2004. Sold to HUAM through Christopher Hartop.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of the estate of Mrs. Harry Paine Whitney, by exchange
Accession Year
2004
Object Number
2004.134
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Circular salver on a detachable raised foot chased in high relief with a central medallion inside a husk border depicting Venus and Adonis in a landscape flanked by a putto and three hounds in repoussé; the border chased with four roundels containing putti representing the Four Elements interspersed with a variety of fruits and vegetables also in high relief against a matted ground; the detachable raised foot chased with two scenes of musical figures in landscapes interspersed with similar fruits and vegetables; wrigglework border
Publication History

Michael Clayton, Christie's Pictorial History of English and American Silver, Phaidon / Christie's (Oxford, U.K., 1985), nos 4, 4A, p. 75, repr. in b/w with detail

The Glory of the Goldsmith: Magnificent Gold and Silver from the Al-Tajir Collection, Christie's, London (London, 1989), p. 58, repr. in b/w as fig. 38

Christopher Hartop, British and Irish Silver in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, Mass. and New Haven, 2007), pp. 70-73, repr. in b/w as Fig. 35 on pp. 71-72; repr. in b/w on jacket back cover.

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