rock crystal, silver-gilt and gold, opaque and translucent enamel, rubies, emeralds and diamonds

55.3 cm (diameter) x 7.6 cm (height)

Inspired by pieces produced towards the end of the 16th century in the Miseroni workshops in Milan, this charger is even more sumptuous than its prototypes, in both scale and lavishness of decoration. In the 19th century version the jewelled and enamelled framework is more prominent, owing to an additional border and the larger number of supporting mounts required to hold the smaller-sized panels of rock crystal used.

The central composition, representing Moses rescued from the Nile, is based on the fresco designed by Raphael and probably executed by Giulio Romano in bay eight of the second Vatican Logge.

Haydn Williams, Enamels of the World: 1700-2000 The Khalili Collections, London 2009, cat. 239, pp. 346–7.