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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Maker's Mark Cipher, apparently IB or SB, British, English
Other Titles
Former Title: Salver
Work Type
dated 1683
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Charles II (1660-1685)
British, English
Level 2, Room 2340, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, The Silver Cabinet: Art and Ritual, 1600–1850
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Physical Descriptions
33.5 × 8.3 cm (13 3/16 × 3 1/4 in.)
958 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • hallmark: struck on rim: lion passant, leopard's head, date letter
  • inscription: on underside edge of foot, engraved: Paul Beuren Aõ 1683
  • maker's mark: struck on rim: "Cipher, apparently IB or SB"
  • hallmark: side of foot, almost entirely eradiacted by chasing: lion passant, leopard's head, date letter
  • inscription: engraved, underside of foot, scratch weight: 33 - 15
[Anonymous sale, Christie's, May 28, 1902, lot 89]. J. P. Morgan, New York, by 1937,[1] sold [through Christie's, New York, October 26, 1982, lot 52. His Excellency Mohamed Mahdi Altajir, sold [through his sale, Christie's, New York, Ocotber 19, 2004, lot 1086]; to Harvard Art Museums, 2004.

[1] 1937 inventory by Crichton Brothers
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Trustees of the estate of Mrs. Harry Paine Whitney, by exchange
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Circular tazza 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, cat. no. 35, repr. p. 71, details repr. pp. 71-72; repr. in b/w on jacket back cover.

Exhibition History

32Q: 2340 Cabinet Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014

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