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Vegetable dish

Vegetable dish
Title
Vegetable dish
Date 
1855
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. ( 13.3 x 26.7 cm ) Silver Weight: 25 oz (troy) 19 dwt (807 g)
Description 
Cast and wrought silver presentation vegetable dish; deep, circular bowl with an egg and dart band applied around rim; bowl applied to a domed circular pedestal with four cast trefoil and scroll feet and scroll decoration applied around the bottom; repoussé chased foliate and scroll cartouches around 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; makers' marks stamped on the base.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
Object Number 
1936.26
Marks 
engraved: in the front cartouche: "Presented to Commodore/ Matthew Calbraith Perry/ by the Chamber of Commerce and/ Merchants of New York" in script on the other side stamped: on the base: "WM. GALE & SON/ NEW YORK" over "W/ G/ &/ S" in an oval over, "1/55/8" in a diamond
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..."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group