English (London)
Probably by John Acton

Object Place: Europe, London, England


H. 30.4 cm (11 15/16 in.); W. 20.1 cm (7 15/16 in.); Diameter (of foot) 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in.); Weight 1219.1 gm (39 oz 4 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)





The foot of the flagon is molded and stamped with egg-and-dart decoration. A flared border above is flat-chased in a fluted pattern. The tall body of the flagon has slightly tapering sides. The decoration is flat-chased in three horizontal registers with a pattern of intertwining foliage, flowers, grapes, and grayhounds against a punched ground. At the center of the decoration is an asymmetrical blank shield. The bun-shaped cover has a flaring rim and molding stamped with ovolo and fluted decoration. It is flat-chased with a pattern of foliage and grayhounds. The thumbpiece is in the shape of a cartouche enclosing the head of a putto. The spool-shaped finial is surmounted by a cast collar and a baluster finial. The handle is ear shaped and is engraved along the spine with a foliate pattern and on the terminus with a hatched pattern. The body of the flagon is raised. The foot rim is formed from four pieces, chased, die-punched, and soldered. The cover is raised; the molded, die-struck rim is attached. The handle is formed from two pieces. The thumbpiece and finial are cast. The gilding has been renewed.


Scratched on base, 30 oo; xxxix oz half...


On cover near finial and repeated on underside of base, date letter K; lion passant; leopard's head crowned; maker's mark IA a pellet below in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 114; rev. ed. 1989, p. 103)


May 18, 1898, anonymous sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 138, to Wells for £461. The Earl of Kilmorey (probably Francis Charles, 3rd Earl, b. 1842 - d. 1915); July 13, 1926, Earl of Kilmorey estate sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 95, to Walter H. Willson, Ltd., London, for £1,040. Mrs. F. H. Cook; June 14, 1934, Cook sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 151, sold for £1,000 to William Permain, London, for William Randolph Hearst (b. 1863 - d. 1951), St. Donat's Castle, Wales; December 14, 1938, Hearst sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 96, to Sotheby's for £999. 1946, with James Robinson, New York. 1956, Thomas Lumley, Ltd., London; 1956, sold by Lumley to the MFA for £2,250 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: December 13, 1956)


[1] MFA object numbers 56.1183 and 56.1184 were purchased together.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour