This monumental basin would have been intended for the chilling of whole bottles, while the more familiar, smaller, round form was used for icing glasses. The crenellated rims first appear in English silver of the 1680s, named after an eccentric Scot, Lord Monteith, who wore his cloak hem notched in this fashion. By about 1710 the Dutch were producing monteith bowls in Delftware.
Five related examples are published; this may have been a set of six made to stand around a great dining room. A pair from the collection of a European noble family was sold Christie's, London, 16 December 1996, lot 293. A single in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 11, pl. 25. Another single is illustrated by Beurdeley, op. cit., cat. 52, and a final single, reputedly from the collection of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, was exhibited by Cohen & Cohen in Now and Then, November 2005, no. 13. These monteiths are among the most monumental and impressive porcelains ever made for the China trade.