A rare form much more frequently found in small, round monteith bowls made for icing wineglasses, these monumental basins must have been intended for the chilling of whole bottles. The smaller form appears in English silver of the 1680's, 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.
Several other monumental oval monteiths are known. One pair, from the collection of a European noble family and exhibited in Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Porcelanas Compania de las Indias, 1969, cat. 153 and 154, was sold Christie's London, 16 December 1996, lot 293. A single is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 11, pl. 25, formerly in the collection of Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham; another single, from the collection of M. Serge Blazy, is illustrated by Beurdeley, op. cit., cat. 52.
The above group are all more-or-less matching, and may have been made as one order to stand around the perimeters of a great European dining hall. The only other related example seems to be a single verte-Imari monteith, of similar scale but without handles or feet, sold Sotheby's Monaco, 5 March 1989, lot 331