Pair of scallop-shell dishes

Maker: Jacques-Nicolas Roettiers (1736–1788, master 1765, retired 1777)

Date: 1771–73

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: (.386): H. 1-7/8 in. (4.8 cm.); W. 4-3/4 in. (12.1 cm.); L. 5-1/8 in. (13.0 cm.)
(.387): H. 1-7/8 in. (4.8 cm.); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm.); L. 5-1/4 in. (13.3 cm.)

Classification: Metalwork-Silver

Credit Line: Bequest of Catherine D. Wentworth, 1948

Accession Number: 48.187.386, .387


These dishes in the form of naturalistic scallop shells with handles modeled like sprays of Sargasso seaweed and small snail- and cowrie-shell supports are part of a set of twenty-two that belonged to the Orloff Service ordered by Catherine II.