Tankard

English (London)
1639–40
Marked by TI


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.); W. 19.4 cm (7 5/8 in.); Diameter (of base) 15. 7 cm ( 6 3/16 in.); Weight 918.6 gm (29 oz 11 dwt)

Accession Number

1978.226

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The tankard rests on a broad flaring foot. It has tapering sides and a matted surface decoration overall with a reserved oval at the center containing the engraved coat of arms. The ear-shaped handle has a bifurcated, scrolling thumbpiece. The cover has a broad rim and a bun-shaped finial, and is decorated with concentric matted and plain circles. The body of the tankard is raised from a single sheet, as is the cover. The rim is thickened and has an incised molding. The foot is seamed and formed. It has a heavy wire rim and a molded wire applied to the juncture with the body. The handle is assembled from three formed pieces. There are traces of two engraved lines on the edge of the spine of the handle. The cast finial, riveted to the cover, may have been reattached. The inscription on the base of the tankard is crudely engraved and defaced.

Inscription

Armorials: Engraved on front, the arms of Newdigate impaling Leigh for Sir Richard Newdigate (1602–78) first Baronet, and second son of Sir John Newdigate, who married Juliana, daughter of Sir Francis Leigh in 1630

Inscriptions: Scratched on base, The Gift of Mrs. Katherine Newdigate to her Brother Thomas Newdigate (partially defaced); engraved on handle, C*T*M

Markings

On cover and repeated under base, maker's mark TI three annulets and a bird with a branch in its beak above (unrecorded); date letter b, lion passant; leopard's head crowned

Provenance

Brigadier R. H. Keenlyside, sold Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, February 26, 1976, lot 187; purchased from Brand Inglis, Ltd., London, September 13, 1978, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour