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Ewer: MAR.M.81-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown (Possibly)




Silver-gilt; cylindrical body with embossed decoration, a grotesque spout and dragon-shaped handle

Silver-gilt; the deep U-shaped cylindrical body has a cast spout; stands on a trumpet-shaped foot, and has a high looped handle. The body is embossed and chased with three circular medallions containing either a man's or woman's head in profile on a matted ground. Strapwork is embossed and chased round each medallion, beneath which are a band of swags, baskets of fruit, winged putti and gadroons.The base of the jug sits on a circular gadrooned disk on the stepped trumpet-shaped foot. The rim of the foot is embossed with a band of strapwork. The spout is cast to resemble a mustachioed man's head with feathered headdress. The back of the jug has an applied openwork strap which rises to meet the open mouth of the grotesque head of the dragon. The body, which forms the handle, is chased to resemble a winged serpent, with the tail resting on the cast mask of a lion. The gilding is later.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Weight: 875 g
Weight: 28:3 oz:dwt

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Late
1560 CE - 1600 CE


The ewer was accessioned as Spanish but may be South American (Spanish Colonial) There are no maker's or town marks

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of gold
Foot Diameter 10 cm Diameter 3⅞ in
To Rim Height 21.2 cm Height 8⅜ in
To Top Of Handle Height 35.7 cm Height 14⅛ in

Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.81-1912
Primary reference Number: 137674
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 February 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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