Flagon

possibly German or Low Countries
about 1620
Marked by R


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 28.6 cm (3 3/8 in.); W. 17.8 cm (7 in.); D. 13.2 cm ( 5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

67.1018

Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware (possibly Germany or Low Countries) with silver mounts

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The pottery flagon has a flat base, a molded foot, tall tapering sides, and an ear-shaped handle with scrolling terminus. The interior and exterior are glazed with a bright turquoise tin glaze; the foot has been wiped clean. The silver mount on the foot is attached with a serrated bezel. The neck is mounted in silver stamped with panels of rosettes and ovolos. The domed cover has a molded rim and is engraved with scrolling foliage enclosing flowers. At the center is a finial in the form of a cockerel. The plain box hinge is secured to the handle with a foliate edge. The thumbpiece is in the form of a double-headed eagle. The flagon was wheel thrown from a fine buff-colored earthenware. The silver foot rim and neck mount are fabricated and seamed; the pattern on the neck is die-struck. The cover is formed from three pieces: the molded wire rim is attached to a second plain wire that forms the flat step of the cover, and the domed section is applied. The thumbpiece and finial are cast. The pottery shows few signs of wear. The engraving of the cover appears to have been renewed.

Inscription

Engarved on underside of foot, 8oz 2 dwt 12 gr

Markings

On neck and cover, R (unrecorded)

Provenance

Possibly Hollingworth Magniac (d. by 1892), Colworth, Bedfordshire (?). 1967, John Hunt, London and Dublin; 1967, sold by Hunt to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 1967)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour