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Tankard: MAR.M.39-1912

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: SA
Artist: Flötner, Peter (After)




Silver-gilt; tapering sides chased and etched with straps enclosing three cast medallions of Charity, Hope and Temperance; the cover with a figure of Bacchus

Silver-gilt, embossed, chased and etched. The sloping cylindrical sides are embossed and chased with an elaborate pattern of straps containing etched Arabesques and three applied cast relief medallions of Charity, Hope and Temperance. The similarly decorated stepped cover is sumounted by a figure of a young Bacchus and has a thumb-piece in the form of a double tailed mermaid. The spreading circular foot and the rim of the neck are decorated with a border of flattened beads. The D-shaped handle is engraved with a border of Arabesques and has an applied acanthus leaf at the top.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Weight: 480 g
Weight: 15 : 9 oz : dwt

Place(s) associated

  • Augsburg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th Century, Late
Circa 1570 CE - 1600 CE


The plaques of Charity, Hope, and Temperance are after plaquettes by a follower of Peter Flötner, after rectangular plaques by Flötner.

The young Bacchus finial is almost certainly a replacement. The gilding is later.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of gold
Base Diameter 11.3 cm Diameter 4½ in
To Top Of Finial Height 17 cm Height 6⅝ in

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a pine cone

  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Town mark
  • Text: 'A' with a smaller 'S' entwined on the left
  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.39-1912
Primary reference Number: 119306
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 January 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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