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Large Spanish Colonial Handled Serving Dish
Probably Argentina
18th century

length: 46cm (with handles extended), width: 25.5cm, height:  5.5cm, weight: 854g

This superb, two-handled serving dish is of beaten, solid silver. The edges are scalloped. Hinged handles at either end have been cast with flower and leaf

Similar large serving dishes are illustrated in Davis Boylan (1974, p. 141), de Lavalle & Lang (1974, p. 161), and Luis Ribera & Schenone (1981, p. 229).

Such serving dishes were used across Spanish colonial South America, but the shape and construction of this example suggest an eighteenth century date of
manufacture and most probably an Argentinian provenance.

This dish has a wonderful patina - the silver has the 'rawness' of early colonial South American silver.  It is without cracks, repairs, splits or holes and the silver
walls are thick and robust.

Davis Boylan, L., Spanish Colonial Silver, Museum of New Mexico Press, 1974.
de Lavalle, J.A. & W. Lang,
Arte y Tesoros del Peru: Plateria Virreynal, Banco de Credito del Peru en la Cultura, 1974.
Luis Ribera, A., & H.H. Schenone,
Plateria Sudamericana de los Siglos XVII-XX, Hirmer Verlag Muchen, 1981.
Taullard, A.,
Plateria Sudemericana, Ediciones Espeula de Plata, 2004.

Provenance: European private collection

Inventory no.: 1671

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