Bonbon dish

Object Number: 
1936.39ab
Date: 
1855
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. ( 13 x 21 cm ) Silver Weight: 15 oz (troy) 6 dwt (476 g)
Marks: 
engraved: on the dome: the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head, on one side and the inscription, "Presented to Commodore/ Matthew Calbraith Perry/ by the Chamber of Commerce and/ Merchants of New York" in script on the other side st
Description: 
Wrought silver presenation covered bonbon dish (missing glass insert); circular stand with repoussé chased floral decoration above the applied cast scroll design and four scroll and trefoil feet; band of pierced and chased foliate scroll and trefoils applied around the top of the stand; circular, domed cover with a molded rim and repoussé chased foliate and scroll cartouches around the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head, on one side of the cover and the inscription, "Presented to Commodore/ Matthew Calbraith Perry/ by the Chamber of Commerce and/ Merchants of New York" in script on the other side; foliate star repoussé chased at the center of the cover and surmounted by a laurel wreath loop handle; makers' marks stamped on the base of the stand.
Gallery Label: 
On December 28, 1855, the Chamber of Commerce and Merchants of New York presented Commodore Matthew Calbraith perry with a 381-piece silver dinner service in acknowledgement of his successful negotiation of a treaty with Japan in 1854. In the letter of presentation the committee remarked, "To have brought this secluded Empire, into the intercourse of nations; is an achievement which may justly be ranked, among the greatest events of the age..."
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group