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Cagework tankard

Silver

Origin: Probably London

Date: c.1665-1670

20.6 cm height; 1683 g weight

Heraldry: The royal crest inside the cover is for Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, sixth son of George III (1773-1843). The second crest, on the lip, is that of Savory.

Provenance: (By tradition) Thomas Savory (1779-1847); (given to) Duke of Sussex, sale, Christie's, 22 June 1843, lot 589, to Stone; reacquired by Thomas Savory; by descent to anonymous vendor at Christie's sale, 9 November 1994, lot 210; Whiteley Trust

Purchased with the assistance of The National Art Collections Fund (now The Art Fund), 2001; WA2001.22

T. Schroder (2009), no. 22

This unmarked tankard belongs to a small group of works associated with the immigrant North German goldsmith Jacob Bodendeich, and to a larger group of related works bearing the marks of several other London makers. All of these show an awareness of international design sources and techniques not usually associated with English silver at this date. The design of the cagework sleeve around the body is probably taken from a contemporary print by the French engraver Jean Le Pautre, but the technique by which it has been made and built into the tankard is especially identified with Bodendeich, particularly the cast handle as this feature is closely matched by four other tankards with his mark. Bodendeich was one of the most productive makers of the period.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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