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A rare Dutch silver pointed dish, puntschotel
A rare Dutch silver pointed dish, puntschotel
A rare Dutch silver pointed dish, puntschotel
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A rare Dutch silver pointed dish, puntschotel

MARK OF ARJEN MUNTINCK II, GRONINGEN, 1641-42, ALSO STRUCK WITH CONTROL MARK OF PRUSSIA, FW, OF 1809

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A rare Dutch silver pointed dish, puntschotel
Mark of Arjen Muntinck II, Groningen, 1641-42, also struck with control mark of Prussia, FW, of 1809
Star-shaped with incurved corners, the centre in 1683 engraved with an accollée coat-of-arms surmounted by a crown and initials GS, and date below, surrounded by feathery mantling, possibly with later gilding marked on base and on rim
29.8 cm. wide
502 gr.
Provenance
Sotheby's Amsterdam, 3 May 1999, lot 57, where acquired by the present owner.
Literature
E. Knol, Zilver in Groningen, Groninger Museum, Groningen, 2011, p. 68.

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Lot Essay

Dutch puntschotels are very rare items in Dutch silver. Only twelve of these dishes are known, of which the present example is the only one known to be made in Groningen. These dishes were already prized in the 17th Century and are sometimes depicted on 17th century Dutch still-life pictures. Abraham van Beyeren and Jan Davidsz. de Heem sometimes included them in their still-life pictures. Other Dutch examples are illustrated in: J.W. Frederiks, Dutch silver, Part III, nos. 14 and 44; J.W. Frederiks, Dutch silver, Part II, nos. 103, 104, 198 and 199; B.R.M. de Neeve, Een vroeg 17e eeuwse puntschotel, Bulletin Museum Boymans van Beuningen, 10 (1959), pp. 29-38.
The literature is not clear about the use of these dishes, however, likely is that they may have been used for special occasions such as weddings. The accollée coat-of-arms engraved on the present dish may indicate that the dish may have been used in a wedding ceremony or as a wedding gift. A similar dish, made in Middelburg, was sold at Christie's Amsterdam on 25 November 1997, lot 476.

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