Covered dish

German (Hanover)
about 1730
Marked by Balthasar Friedrich Behrens (German, 1701–1760)

Object Place: Germany


Height x Length over handles: 19.1 x 35.6 cm (7 1/2 x 14 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

William I. Koch Gallery (Gallery 250)






Inventory number engraved on underside of lid: "No: 4. [in script]". Inventory number and weight engraved on underside of tureen: "No: 4.= 9 ms [marks] 15 1/4 lh. [all in script]." Engraved on lid and tureen: Hanoverian arms of Great Britain (in use 1714-1801).


Marked on underside of tureen: lion rampant in shield (guild mark for Hanover); "H" [block letter]; maker's mark of Balthasar Friedrich Behrens [Scheffler 1445].


About 1730, George II (b. 1683 - d. 1760), King of Great Britain and Elector of Hanover (original commission); by inheritance to his grandson, George III (b. 1738 - d. 1820), King of Great Britain and Elector and King of Hanover [see note 1]; by inheritance to his son, George IV (b. 1762 - d. 1830), King of Great Britain and Hanover; by inheritance to his brother, William IV (b. 1765 - d. 1837), King of Great Britain and Hanover; 1837, by inheritance to his nephew, Ernst Augustus I (b. 1837- d. 1851), King of Hanover [see note 2]; by inheritance to his son, George V (b. 1819 - d. 1878), King of Hanover; by inheritance, through the Princes of Hanover, to Ernst Augustus V (b. 1954), Prince of Hanover. 2004, private foundation, United States; 2006, given from this private foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2006)


[1] In 1816, the Elector of Hanover assumed the title of King.

[2] Because by Salic law a woman could not inherit the throne of Hanover, upon the succession of Queen Victoria of England in 1837, the crown passed to the oldest surviving son of George III.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift