A scalloped rim and raised depictions of flowering poppies on this plate suggest that it was likely intended to be displayed on a sideboard rather than used as part of a table service.
Silver fulfilled a prominent role in projecting wealth, status, power, and ritual in British life during the 1600s and 1700s. Elaborate forms such this shallow dish not only represented wealth in its sheer silver weight but also provided royal and aristocratic owners a surface for displaying engraved coats of arms. For example, this dish is engraved with the arms of Sir Charles Holte (1648–1722), the 3rd Baronet of Warwickshire, and his wife Anne Clobery (1664–c. 1738) of Bradstone, Hampshire, along the southern coast of England.
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