The borders of the circular dishes are chased with panels of nymphs emblematic of the months of the year, and the wells with a frieze of griffins; the centres with medallions of amorini, wheat and fruit.
The vase-shaped ewer has a hexafoil body chased with panels of nymphs, with foliage at the neck and foot; the handle formed as nymphs clasping amorini.
Diameter of dishes, 53.3cm, height of ewer 39.3cm, with an openwork frame to support the ewer on the dishes.
Each is engraved with the presentation inscription ‘To Brownlow, Lord Burghley, on his marriage, 1875.’
Brownlow, Lord Burghley (1849-1898) was married to Isabella Whichcote (1857-1917), daughter of Sir Thomas Whichcote, 7th Bt. of Aswarby Park, Lincolnshire.
He succeeded his father as 4th Marquess of Exeter in 1895.