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Tankard

Date:
ca. 1675
Culture:
British mounts with British or Dutch glassware
Medium:
Engraved glass; silver mounts
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 9 7/8 × 5 1/16 × 7 5/16 in. (25.1 × 12.9 × 18.6 cm)
Classifications:
Glass, Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jacob Rogers, by exchange, Susan Dillon, by exchange, and Mrs. Constance D. Stieglitz, by exchange, 2016
Accession Number:
2016.491
Not on view
The adornment of already precious vessels by the application of silver mounts has a long tradition in England. Here the value of the tankard so beautifully embellished resided in the innovative glass technology used to make it. The vessel was perhaps imported from The Netherlands, but it may equally have been made in London, perhaps under the auspices of the glass merchant George Ravenscroft. The engraved decoration of the tankard appears to be English, and the silver mounts certainly are. Originally clear, to resemble rock crystal, the glass crizzled – internally broke down – shortly after it was made to give a pleasing smoky effect. Nonetheless, the tankard remained a highly valued art object.
Marking: [1] BB a crescent below (maker's mark);
[2] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[3] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[4] illegible date letter.

Location of marks:
[1] struck on the cover four times, on the handle, and on the rim mount near the molded wire edge
[2]–[4] on the rim mount near the molded wire edge
Sir Samuel Montagu, first Baron Swaythling (until 1924; his family's sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, May 6–7, 1924, lot 79); William Randolph Hearst (sold November 20, 1940 through International Studio Art Corporation to Brummer); Joseph Brummer , New York (1940–49; his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 13, 1949, lot 513); Ian Irving , New York (in 2000) ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , London, by 2003–16; sold to S. J. Shrubsole ] ; [ S. J. Shrubsole , New York, 2016; sold to MMA ]
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