The original purpose for this shape is unclear, though I would be it was used as a large centerpiece filled with fruit (for obvious reasons). It is signed in the center by Sinclaire and exemplifies some of their best intaglio work.
The engraving on this piece is first rate and makes the fruit really come to life. There are grapes with vines, pears, and perhaps peaches or a type of melon. The rim is finished in a technique Sinclaire often used with unpolished circles and dividing notches.
This piece is in excellent condition with just some minor surface scratching. It’s quite large, measuring 14 1/2″ long, 10″ wide and 3 1/4″ deep. Sinclaire produced some of the best realistic work of the period and this centerpiece exemplifies what they were best at.
Shape: Centerpiece Tray/Bowl
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