cylindrical on slightly spreading foot; two gentlemen holding fan with attendant holding a Qin and two ladies in a pavilion divided by iron-red scroll handles; interior with single peony head

Monteith, c. 1710

Unknown artist, expand_more

Porcelainexpand_more

Gift of Leo and Doris Hodroffexpand_more  2005.159.8

G209expand_more

Soon after monteiths first appeared in England, Chinese potters copied them in porcelain from either a metal example or wooden model. This monteith resembles silver examples from the 1680s. Sources from that time indicate the term monteith was inspired by Monsieur Monteigh, a Scotsman known for wearing a scalloped edged cloak. The monteith's scalloped rim was designed to hold the feet of wine glasses, so they could be chilled or rinsed in cool water between uses. Without their detachable rim, silver monteiths could also serve as punch bowls.

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Monteith
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Artist
Accession Number
2005.159.8
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cylindrical on slightly spreading foot; two gentlemen holding fan with attendant holding a Qin and two ladies in a pavilion divided by iron-red scroll handles; interior with single peony head