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Flagon (one of a pair)

Attributed to Richard Blackwell II (British, active ca. 1646–1670)
British, London
Silver gilt
Overall (confirmed): 14 × 9 1/4 × 7 1/4 in., 58 oz. 18 dwt. (35.6 × 23.5 × 18.4 cm, 1.8 kg)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
Not on view
These wine flagons bear the mark of a silversmith who supplied many prominent Royalist and high-church clients during the turbulent period of the Civil War. For the sensitively chased floral ornament here, he must have employed a Dutch or Netherlandish artist.
Inscription: (pricked on underside of body, inside foot ring): 60 oz (Weight in troy: 60 ounces)

D. 6 874 on underside

Marking: [1] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[2] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] j (London date letter for 1646);
[4] Hound sejant (maker's mark attributed to Richard Blackwell II).

Location of marks:
In center of base, inside foot rim, and inside lid
Shroton Church, Dorset (until 1960) ; [ Sotheby's, London , June 30, 1960, no. 101 ] ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. ; sold to Untermyer, January 18, 1963 ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1963–68; to MMA)
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