Art

Salver

detail of inscription under foot rim

detail of foot with tray removed

detail of one scene on foot

detail of one scene on foot

detail of central medallion with Venus and Adonis

detail of roundel with personification of Fire

detail of roundel with personification of Air

detail of roundel with personification of Water

detail of roundel with personification of Earth

side view showing foot

detail marks on rim

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Salver, dated 1683
Vessel
British, English
,
17th century
Charles II (1660-1685)
Creation Place: London, England, United Kingdom
Silver
33.5 cm diam. x 8.5 cm depth (13 3/16 x 3 3/8 in.)
878.82 g
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of the estate of Mrs. Harry Paine Whitney, by exchange
, 2004.134
Department of Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
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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
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.
Bibliography
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.