Also Called :

Dome Top Butter Dishes

Rarity :

Very Rare

Age :

Early to mid 19th Century

Price Range :


Dimensions :

Total Height: 4 3/8″

Base Width: 7″

Liner Diameter: 4 3/4″

Dome Diameter: 5 3/4″

Weight :

Total Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz. Dome: 10 oz. Liner: 5 oz. Base: 11 oz.

Provenance :

Parke-Bernet (Sotheby’s)-1965

Availability :


Description: There are three Dome Top Butter Dish base variations: octagonal, 12 sided and round bases. They are discussed on three separate pages. All are quite hard to find with all 3 parts in perfect condition. Shown here is the 12 sided shaped base dish which is considered rarer than the octagonal base dish. The three parts for all are: the dome top with a pointed knob, a pierced (4 sets of 9 holes each) liner bowed slightly upward, and a base. The bases have a glazed inset rim for the liners and they have glazed bottoms. The bases would have been filled with ice to keep the butter from melting. All the domes are decorated with the traditional scene. But, the liners are decorated differently. The liner in this 12 sided base dish has a bridge, two houses and one sampan.

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