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Mustard pot: M.48 & A & B-1961

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Silversmith: Phipps, Thomas (Pseudo)
Silversmith: Robinson, Edward II (Pseudo)

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Description

Silver; modelled as a sow standing on a rectangular screw-on base; the tail formed by the spoon

Silver; the body modelled as a sow, with chased decoration resembling hair. The hinged cover formed from the back quarter. The four legs have screw attachments to the cut-corner rectangular base, which is embossed, chased and engraved with leaves and branches and stands on four acorn feet. The terminal of the mustard spoon is formed as a curly pig's tail. The blue glass liner may be of later manufacture.

Notes

History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.3 cm
Height: 4½ in
Weight: 505 g
Weight: 16 : 5 oz : dwt

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray

Dating

Late 19th Century
Victoria I
Production date: circa AD 1880

Note

Originally accessioned as London 1815, but at this date Thomas Phipps & Edward Robinson were in partnership with James Phipps II and using a different makers' mark. The date letter appears to be a small 'm' for London 1787-88, however, this is unusually early for animal-shaped mustard pots, and it is now thought that this mustard pot is a late 19th century fake.

Components of the work

Base Width 15.8 cm Width 6¼ in
Body
Glass Liner
Hair
Spoon

Materials used in production

Silver

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 'LC' in a circle

  • Text: LC
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Initals

Inscription present: 'TP' over 'ER'

  • Location: On the base and twice on the underside of the sow
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Fake maker's mark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On the underside of the sow and on the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Fake hallmark

Inscription present: monarch's head

  • Location: On the underside of the sow and on the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Fake hallmark

Inscription present: leopard's head crowned

  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Fake hallmark
  • Text: m
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Fake hallmark

Inscription present: monarch's head

  • Location: Handle of spoon
  • Method of creation: Struck and let in
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: 'TP' over 'ER'

  • Location: On handle of spoon
  • Method of creation: Struck and let in
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On handle of spoon
  • Method of creation: Struck and let in
  • Type: Hallmark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.48 & A & B-1961
Primary reference Number: 140601
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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