German (Ansbach)
about 1740
Artist Unknown, 16th century

Object Place: Europe, Germany


24.4 x 18.3 cm (9 5/8 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration and pewter mounts

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)





The cylindrical tankard is decorated with a continuous scene depicting a man and a woman on horseback and a companion on foot, all of whom are seen from the back. The woman wears a plumed hat and a blue dress with red bows and yellow ribbons. The male rider wears an olive green coat and carries a falcon on his outstretched right arm. Their companion, who wears a similar green coat, carries a wooden cadge (frame) on which four falcons are perched. The trunks of the two trees in the foreground are painted in mustard, brown, and black. The foliage is painted in blue-green and olive green. The same colors have been employed for the slightly undulating ground. The sky is painted with yellow and blue. The car-shaped handle is decorated with bold flowers in blue, red, yellow, and green. The interior of the tankard is glazed white; the glaze on the base has been scraped away around the edges. The tankard has been equipped with pewter mounts consisting of a stepped domed cover with a baluster thumbpiece and a rounded foot rim.


June 1964, purchased in London by Rita and Frits Markus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus