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Catalog Number R1990.4.1
Object Name Monteith
Description A monteith is, in the words of a 1721 dictionary, “a scallopt bason to cool glasses in.” In the late 1600s and early 1700s, many wines were drunk chilled, which was helped by cooled glassware. Also, drinkers rarely had their own glass, but rather shared glasses that were rinsed between users.

The name, according to one English diarist writing in 1683, came from “a fantastical Scot called Monsieur Monteith who at that time or a little before wore the bottoms of his cloake or coate so notched UUUU.” Thus did Montieth achieve a certain level of immortality; according to another author, “New things produce new words and so Montieth has by one vessel saved himself from Death.”
Year Range from 1695
Year Range to 1705
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Export Porcelain Gallery
Gallery ID Number 8