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Silver and stoneware

Origin: The stoneware: Germany, Cologne. The mounts: London

Date: The stoneware: c.1520-1540. The mounts: 1565-1566

22.5 cm height

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1565-1566, maker's mark NS in monogram

Provenance: (Possibly) the Paston family of Oxnead, Norfolk; Mrs Peter Fector, Dover [?]; Ernest R. Innes, sale, Christie's, 11 December 1935, lot 121; W.R. Hearst, sale, Christie's, 14 December 1936, lot 112

Bequeathed by J. Francis Mallett, 1947; WA1947.191.144

T. Schroder (2009), no. 5

A very similar stoneware bottle, identified as Cologne, is in the British Museum and is dated c. 1520-40. This bottle was, therefore, probably some twenty or forty years old when it was mounted. The griffin finial is probably heraldic, alluding to the original owner of the bottle, possibly the Paston family of Norfolk.

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

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