Ewer

Scottish (Edinburgh)
1703–04
Marked by Thomas Ker


Object Place: Europe, Edinburgh, Scotland

Dimensions

19.4 x 16.2 x 7.3 cm (7 5/8 x 6 3/8 x 2 7/8 in.) Weight: 663.4 gm (21oz 7 dwt)

Accession Number

62.4

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The elliptical basin is raised from sheet and has a flared rim and a semicircle cut out of one of the long sides. The rim is strengthened on the underside with a half-round wire. The raised body of the elliptical ewer rests on a stepped food. The triangular spout has a baluster drop. A reeded wire lines the rim of the ewer. The domed cover is attached by the scrolled thumbpiece, which is joined to the hinge on the handle. The ear-shaped handle is cast in two pieces and has a baluster drop at the top. The body has been rehammered, particularly at the base, and highly polished.

Inscription

ARMORIALS: engraved on each, the arms and motto of Hamilton quartering Melrose for Thomas sixth Earl of Haddington.

Markings

On underside, maker's mark TK (Jackson, p.545); castle; assay mark Pfor James Penman; date letter y

Provenance

1702/1703, probably made for Thomas Hamilton, 6th Earl of Haddington (b. 1680 - d. 1735); by descent within the family [see note 1]. October 19, 1961, anonymous sale ("property of a nobleman"), Sotheby's, London, lot 156, to Garrard and Co., London, for £2,650; 1962, sold by Garrard and Co. to the MFA for £2,782 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: January 10, 1962)

NOTES:
[1] The basin was published as being in the Earl of Haddington collection as late as 1956; see Ian Finlay, Scottish Gold and Silver Work (London, 1956), p. 124. Whether the family consigned the ewer and basin to the 1961 auction has not been determined. [2] Sold together with MFA accession no. 62.5.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour