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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1966.51.20
People
Maker's mark DG and fleur-de-lis in lozenge, British (17th century)
Title
Tankard
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
1679-1680
Places
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Culture
British
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/228372
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
20.3 x 21.9 x 16.2 cm (8 x 8 5/8 x 6 3/8 in.)
937 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • hallmark: struck on base: lion passant, leopard's head, date lettel
  • hallmark: struck on cover: lion passant, leopard's head, date letter
  • maker's mark: struck on base: DG [with fleur-de lis in a lozenge] [Jackson, p. 136, line 15]
  • maker's mark: struck on cover: DG [with fleur-de lis in a lozenge] [Jackson, p. 136, line 15]
  • maker's mark: struck on handle: DG [with fleur-de lis in a lozenge] [Jackson, p. 136, line 15]
  • hallmark: struck by handle: GR [under a crown] [Georgian excise mark]
  • coat of arms: engraved, on base, probably 19th century: demi-griffin, wings outstreched, charged with an estoile
Provenance
Edwin Hale Abbot Jr., Cambridge, MA, bequest; to Fogg Museum, 1966.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Edwin H. Abbot
Accession Year
1966
Object Number
1966.51.20
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Tapering cylindrical on raised domed spreading foot applied with a reeded rim, the lower part of the body chased with a band of alternating vertical acanthus leaves and almettes, the tubular scroll handle with scalloped square terminal; the hinged domed cover chased with a rose head, with cast entwined dolphin thumbpiece; the base engraved with a crest of a demi-griffin, wings outstretched, charged with an estoille.

The attribution of this mark to Dorothy Grant, the widow of William Grant, has been made by Ian Pickford. She is recorded as having an apprentice in 1679. Traditionally a lozenge- (diamond-) shaped punch, reminiscent of the heraldic shield borne by a lady, was used by women silversmiths working in England.
Publication History

Christopher Hartop, British and Irish Silver in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, Mass. and New Haven, 2007), p. 69, cat. no. 33, repr. on p. 69, detail repr. p. 69

Exhibition History

32Q: 2340 Cabinet Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 09/24/2019

Subjects and Contexts

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