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Flagon (one of a pair)

Maker:
Attributed to Richard Blackwell II (British, active ca. 1646–1670)
Date:
1646–47
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): H. 14 x W. 9 1/4 x D. 7 1/4 in., 58 oz. 18 dwt. (35.6 x 23.5 x 18.4 cm, 1.832kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.201
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 510
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
11703
59

Marking: [1] Hound sejant
[2] Leopard's head crowned;
[3] date letter j for 1646;
[4] Lion passant;

Location of marks:
In center of base, inside foot rim, on both pieces, also inside lids.
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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