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Tankard

Silver-gilt

Origin: London

Date: 1690-1691

24.8 cm height; 2325 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1690-1, maker's mark probably that of John Jackson

Heraldry: Arms of Cholmeley or Cholmondely

Provenance: Mrs Pamela J. Combermale, sale, Christie's, 20 March 1963, lot 101; Donald S. Morrison, sale, Sotheby's New York, 13 December 1984, lot 150; Mahdi Al-Tajir, sale, Christie's, 20 November 2001, lot 85

WA2006.24

T. Schroder (2009), no. 36

This tankard is by far the largest in the Museum's collection. With its 3.4 litre capacity, its weight when full would have been impractical as a personal drinking vessel so was doubtless intended for communal use or display. The heavy gadrooned decoration of this tankard is in keeping with its date but the lion thumbpiece was a fashionable motif during the 1660s and 1670s.

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

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