A GERMAN SILVER SMALL DISH, SAMUEL SCHNEEWEISS, AUGSBURG CIRCA 1690
with an openwork basket-weave border, the center chased with acanthus and berries, with matching gilt handles.
Length: 9¾ in.
One small split at rim. The handles with some denting to rims and two small losses to corners where attached to dish. Otherwise good condition.
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Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, fig. 2.1, p. 181, illus.
See Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710-50, New York, 2008, no. 2, p. 181, for an example of this dish form produced in Böttger stoneware from the Arnhold Collection where the author notes that only one other is known, in the Schlossmuseum, Gotha. The author writes that silver dishes of this type were used for the presentation of alms to the poor at Easter or for the presentation of linen for the foot washing ceremony held on Maundy Thursday. In the 1711 inventory of the Meissen manufactory six examples were noted in production in red stoneware. In the 1779 inventory of the Japanese Palace only one is listed under number 204 (Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, p. 181). A larger silver dish without handles by the same silversmith is illustrated in Rotrand Bauer, The secular and ecclesiastical treasuries: Illustrated guide : Kunsthistoriesches Museum Vienna, 1991, pp. 313-14, no. 149.