Rosewater dish, English (London), silver-gilt, 1616/17

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Rosewater dish, English (London), silver-gilt, 1616/17

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Rosewater basin
English (London)
Silver-gilt, 1616/17

This rare survival of pre-Civil War English silver was later in the collection of Queen Charlotte. When first made, it would have been filled with scented water from a matching ewer and carried around among dinner guests for them to wash their fingers.

Wealthy hosts in the seventeenth century would dazzle and impress their dinner guests with imposing displays of gold, silver and precious things piled up on tiered buffets against the walls. Highly decorated silver objects from the German cities of Nuremberg and Augsburg were particularly prized for their elaborate showiness.

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