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Tazza: M/P.26-1938

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Current Location: Mezzanine Landing


Silversmith: TC




Silver; pierced, embossed and chased with heads of putti, sea monsters, snails, fruit, leaves and scrolls.

Silver; shallow circular dish with flat rim standing on a trumpet-shaped foot. The rim of the shaped circular dish is pierced, embossed and chased with alternating putti heads and fruit amongst scrolls. The dished area is pierced, embossed and chased with scrolling heads of sea monsters and snails alternating with winged putti heads. The slightly raised centre is pricked with a shield containing the initials 'I' over 'HI', around which are borders of punched circles and chased overlapping leaves and arches. The trumpet-shaped circular foot is pierced with vertical bands, and chased and punched with arches and dots.


History note: Listed in Mr Cunliffe's catalogue as being bought at Christie's

Legal notes

L.D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Measurements and weight

Weight: 555 g
Weight: 17 17 oz: dwt

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


17th Century, Early#
James II
Circa 1616 CE - Circa 1617 CE


The form and design were probably influenced by Portuguese silver dishes

School or Style

maker's mark unattributed

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Across Rim Diameter 28 cm Diameter 11 in
To Rim Height 8.5 cm Height 3⅜ in

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Raising (metal forming process) : Silver, pierced, chased, punched and pricked

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: I over HI
  • Location: In the centre
  • Method of creation: Pricked
  • Type: Initials

Inscription present: leopard's head crowned

  • Location: On the upper edge of the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On the upper edge of the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: T
  • Location: On the upper edge of the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: 'TC' in a shaped shield

  • Text: TC
  • Location: On the upper edge of the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.26-1938
Primary reference Number: 119239
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 17 December 2018 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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