Platter

about 1780–1800


Object Place: South America

Dimensions

Overall: 5.1 x 46.4 x 34.3 cm (2 x 18 1/4 x 13 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2003.783

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The large, raised, oval platter is embellished with wavy chased decoration at the edge and has a decorative rim. It shows many signs of regular use.


Large and weighty, this substantial platter, characteristic of much late South American silver, is unmarked, making it difficult to pinpoint the place of manufacture. It undoubtedly graced a dining table in a wealthy late-eighteenth-century home, for it shows signs of having been put to good use. Four additional South American silver platters were also given to the Museum by the same donors in 2003 (2003.779-82).
This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

None.

Markings

None.

Provenance

April 14, 1975, sold by Alphonse Jax (dealer), New York, to Landon T. Clay, Boston [see note]; 2003, year-end gift of Landon T. Clay and Lavinia Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 2004)

NOTE: According to Alphonse Jax at the time of the sale, this entered the United States from Argentina and was cleared by U.S. Customs on April 7, 1975. The donor, however, later recalled that he purchased it from the Edward Merrin Gallery, New York.

Credit Line

Gift of Lavinia and Landon T. Clay