Fruit Dish Centerpiece

Fruit Dish Centerpiece

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Figural fruit dish with a tapered rectangular base on four bracket feet that is ornamented with a scallop-edged, shell-shape barge or boat on scrolling flowered supports being paddled by a female deity or fairy with star diadem standing atop a flower on the prow. Festoons of laurel leaves and berries hang from the boat's sides. Stamped and chased aesthetic-style designs fill the boat's interior and border the base. A die-rolled band of floral medallions covers the base's sides and additional flowers and large beads adorn its feet. Elements are individually cast and screwed into the base. Underside of base is struck incuse near center with two circular rampant lion marks for "MERIDEN SILVER PLATE CO.", one covered by the X support for the feet and the other deliberately engraved over. The number "4521" is stamped below these marks while a circular plate for "GEO. EAKINS. / PHILADLEPHIA" is affixed above and "41" is engraved to the left.
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Object Name
dish, fruit
date made
ca 1877
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
place retailed
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
overall: 11 3/4 in x 14 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in; 29.845 cm x 37.465 cm x 19.05 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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