Chestnut bowl and cover
Overall: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 7 in. ( 15.9 x 24.1 x 17.8 cm )
painted: in shield: "J M W"
Reticulated chestnut bowl with lid with open flower finial surrounded by molded petals covered in blue enamel and gilding; border decoration on both lid and body consisits of a wide band of blue enamel overed with gold stars; interior decorated with blue enamel gilded floral swags and a shield with a border of blue enamel and gold stars, with ribbons and a leafy swag; initials inscribed on shield; interlaced strap handles.
This dish, part of a fifty-four-piece dinner service, was owned by New York statesman and merchant James Watson, Jr. (1750-1806) and his wife Mary Talcott (1752-1806).
Gift of Mrs. Kenneth McNeil
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