Tankard

English (London)
1685–86
Marked by SH


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.); W. 23 cm (9 1/16 in.); D. 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.); Weight 1,040.4 gm (33 oz 9 dwt)

Accession Number

50.2724

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The circular salver rests on a low trumpet-shaped foot. It has a chased molded rim, and the plain surface is decorated overall with flat-chased chinoiserie figures including men and women in exotic dress, foliage, and birds. Around the outer border are small clouds, behind one of which the sun is visible. In a circle reserved at the center are engraved a coat of arms and crest within mantling. The tankard has a flat base with a simple molded rim, tapering sides, and a flat stepped cover with a broad rim that is shaped on the front edge. The handle is S-shaped and is D-shaped in section. The thumbpiece represents intertwined dolphins. The surface of the tankard is decorated overall with flat-chased chinoiserie figures, exotic birds, and foliage. The salver is formed of a single sheet, with a chased molded border and flat-chased decoration. The raised foot is applied. The body of the tankard is raised from a single sheet, with a thickened and incised rim, and an applied wire molding at the foot. The cover is raised and flat-chased; the hinge and thumbpiece are cast. The handle is formed of two pieces, with an applied shaped terminus.

Inscription

Armorials: Engraved on the tankard and salver, the arms and crest of Hoo, Staffordshire

Inscriptions: Engraved on base of tankard and salver, My Mothers Gift to me Margaret Hoo

Markings

On cover of tankard, on body of tankard near handle, and on rim of salver, maker's mark SH conjoined in a circle (Jackson, 1921, p. 139; rev. ed. 1989, p. 137) (repeated on handle of tankard and on rim of salver); leopard's head crowned; lion passant; date letter H

Provenance

July 26, 1950, Mrs. N. d'Arcy, sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, lot 21 [Goldsmiths' and Silversmiths' Co., London], sold to the MFA for $2200. (Accession Date: September 18, 1950)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour