Marriage charger

17th century

Object Place: Europe, France


6 x 48 cm (2 3/8 x 18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Lead-glazed earthenware with molded decoration

Not On View





Baked clay, thin brown glaze, centered with coat of arms and motto in reverse; mermaids and half-length blowing figures amid foliage scrolls in sharp relief, vases and flowered scrolls on narrow flange. Repaired.



Inscription in white on the underside:
Ke. 7827

Old MFA loan number, in red:


Prince Peter Soltykoff (d. 1861), Paris; April 8 - May 1, 1861, Prince Soltykoff sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, lot 759, to Moreau for fr. 370 [see note 1]. 1866, Alessandro Castellani (b. 1823 - d. 1883), Paris; April 4-7, 1866, Castellani sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, lot 46. 1908, Hermann Emden (d. about 1908), Hamburg; November 3-7, 1908, Emden sale, Lepke, Berlin, lot 116 [see note 2], sold to Albert Figdor (b. 1843 - d. 1927), Vienna; 1928, collection sold by the heir of Albert Figdor to a consortium represented by the Darmstädter- und Nationalbank (taken over in 1932 by the Dresdner Bank); 1935, sold by the Dresdner Bank to the Prussian State and incorporated into the Schlossmuseum, Berlin (inventory no. 2525) [see note 3]. October 7, 1961, sold by Blumka Gallery, New York, to R. Thornton Wilson, New York [see note 3]; 1962, gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 10, 1962)

[1] There are at least five known, nearly identical examples of the present plate. Two such plates were included in this lot; the reverse of the other plate was said to be inscribed "Du Chasteau de Fontainebleau."

[2] Said in the catalogue to come from the Soltykoff and Castellani collections. A plate matching the description of the present example was also included in the sale of Joseph Fau (March 3-8, 1884, Hotel Drouot, Paris, lot 53); whether it is identical to the MFA plate is not known.

[3] On the sale of the Figdor collection, see Lynn Rother, "Zu gross für Einen. Zum An- und Verkauf grosser Sammlungen durch Konsortien am Beispiel Figdor," in Kunst sammeln, Kunst handeln: Beiträge des Internationalen Symposiums in Wien, ed. E. Blimlinger and M. Mayer (Vienna, 2012), pp. 306-307. On the acquisition of this plate by Figdor and the Schlossmuseum, which at the time considered it inauthentic, see Mitteilungen des Museen-Verbandes (Berlin, January 1937). Many thanks to Sven Haase, Deputy Director, Zentralarchiv, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (October 13, 2016), for confirming the acquisition date and inventory number. It is not known when and how the plate left the Schlossmuseum collection.

Credit Line

Gift of R. Thornton Wilson in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson