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Tazza: MAR.M.47-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown




Silver-gilt; wide shallow bowl on pedestal foot, embossed with masks, strapwork, fruit and swags

Silver-gilt; the wide shallow bowl is embossed and chased with swags, fruit and strapwork containing two masks (one of a man, the other of a woman) and an engraved coat-of-arms on a matted ground. Between the bowl and the stem is a calyx with engraved border of simple geometric swags The ornate urn-shaped stem is cast and has three attached scrolls. The foot is stepped with the flat top forming a multi-petalled base for the stem. The lower spreading circular area is finely chased with three masks, swags and fruit.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B.Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Weight: 440 g
Weight: 14 : 3 oz : dwt

Place(s) associated

  • Augsburg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912-06-18) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


After 1550 - Before 1900


The calyx is probably later than the bowl. It is marked with a 'B' in an oval, probably for Samuel Barr (1649-1705)

Components of the work

Surface composed of gold
Rim Diameter 15.2 cm Diameter 6 in
Base Diameter 7.2 cm Diameter 3 in
To Rim Height 14.2 cm Height 5⅝ in

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a pine cone

  • Location: On the calyx
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Town mark
  • Text: B
  • Location: On the calyx
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.47-1912
Primary reference Number: 160103
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 September 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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