English (London)
Marked by Jacob Bodendeich (German (active in London), 1634–1681)

Object Place: Europe, London, England


H. 20.6 cm (8 1/8 in.); W. 22.9 cm ( x 9 in.); Diameter (of base) 16.5 cm ( 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Birch with silver gilt mounts

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)





The cylindrical tankard has a domed and stepped foot with bands of twisted wire decoration above and below an embossed thistle pattern. The body of the vessel is made of birch, carved with three roundels enclosing figural scenes: a mermaid holding in her left hand a lute, in her right, a flower with a scroll above inscribed, FORMOSSA SUPERNE; a putto tying a blindfold on a lion with a scroll above inscribed, CAPTIS OCULIS CAPITUR; a spider hanging on a web over a knotted snake, with a scroll above inscribed, AFFLUIT INCAUTIS. Between each large roundel is a pair of smaller roundels, similarly wreathed in laurel and enclosing a bird. The domed cover has a twisted wire around the rim; the dome is embossed with an acanthus and floral pattern. At the center is an applied embossed coat of arms, a nineteenth-century addition. The handle is molded with grotesque ornament, and the thumbpiece is in the form of a bearded face with an acanthus headdress. The body of the vessel is hollowed from a single piece of wood. The interior is lined with a silver-gilt sleeve mounted at the base with a threaded pin that fits through a hole in the wood base and is bolted to the silver foot mount. The mount is composed of a flat sheet soldered to the top of the embossed molding, with drawn and twisted wire borders above and below. The handle is cast in two pieces and bolted to the foot and rim. The cover is raised and embossed, with an applied flange and a twisted wire around the rim. The embossed and chased plaque bearing the armorials is bolted to the center. The hinge is fabricated; the thumbpiece is cast. The gilding has been renewed.


Armorials: Chased on the cover, the arms of Crawford of Auchinames and of Drumsoy


On inside cover, maker's mark IB above a crescent and two pellets (similar to Jackson, 1921, p. 130; rev. ed. 1989, p. 128); leopard's head crowned; lion passant; date letter G


Sold Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, December 12, 1974, lot 151 [How (of Edinburgh), London], purchased January 8, 1975, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour