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Tankard: MAR.M.60-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Silversmith: Mundt, Christian II




Silver, parcel-gilt; cylindrical body of silver embossed with ornate marine scene; the cover, foot and handle of silver-gilt decorated in the auricular style.

Silver, parcel-gilt, embossed, chased and engraved. The silver cyclindrial body is heavily embossed and chased with maidens riding sea monsters, a marine deity, a fawn carrying a basket of fruit and flowers, a cherub and a baby. There is an inner body of silver-gilt and the mounts, cover and handle are also silver-gilt. The slightly domed spreading circular foot is embossed with scrolls resembling waves. The plain neck mount has two applied moulded bands. The cover is slightly domed with a plain, slightly wavy edge. The centre of the cover is embossed and chased with an auricular style pattern of scrolls. The silver-gilt auricular knop stands on a caylix of silver stiff leaves. The ornate double scroll handle is cast with a serpent's head terminal and warrior's head thumb rest. The thumb-piece is bifucated and cast in the auricular style. Three crests are engraved at the front of the neck mount: a Marquess's coronet over over a martlet on a coronet (Temple), and a bust facing to left (Brydges).


History note: Sir Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Greville, later 1st Duke of Buckingham; by descent to the 3rd Duke of Buckingham. Sold on the 19th day of the Stowe House sale, 7 September 1848, lot 649; bought by Town and Emmanuel. Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831-1912) , by whom bequeathed

History note: Bought by Town and Emmanuel from the Stowe House sale for £42.0.10.

History note: C.B. Marlay

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Weight: 1686 g
Weight: 54:4 oz:dwt

Place(s) associated

  • Hamburg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 17th century
Circa 1640 CE - 1658 CE


Christian Mundt II was born in 1612 and died in 1658

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of gold
Base Diameter 17.8 cm Diameter 7 in
Top Top Of Finial Height 25 cm
To Top Of Finial Height 9⅞ in

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: three towers

  • Location: On rim mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Town mark

Inscription present: 'CM' in a double lobed cartouche

  • Text: CM
  • Location: On rim mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.60-1912
Primary reference Number: 119314
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 11 November 2022 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

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

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