Overall: 6 5/8 x 7 3/4 in. (16.8 x 19.7 cm); 26 oz. 17 dwt. (835.6 g)
Lip: Diam. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Base: Diam. 5 3/8 in. (5 3/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Abraham Lansing, 1901
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 712
The smooth, flat covers of early New York tankards were ideal venues for decorative engraving. Here, period ornament surrounds an interlaced monogram of the script initials “JD” for the original owner, Jonas Douw (ca. 1655-1736). The tankard’s body is engraved with a cartouche of leafy mantling surrounding the coat of arms and crest used by the Douw family. The tankard’s provenance is remarkably complete, and its successive owners include some of Albany’s best-known colonial families. Jonas’s son Petrus Douw (1692-1775) married Anna van Rensselaer (1696-1756) in October 1717, thereby uniting the Douws with one of Albany’s most prosperous families. The initials of Petrus and Anna are engraved on the handle of the tankard.
Inscription: inscribed on lid (reverse cipher): J D [difficult to read]; inscribed on handle: D(?) / P A (shaded) / R D (shaded caps) (clearly later)
Marking: struck on underside once, on rim to right of handle twice, and on cover top near thumbpiece twice: W K / B (in outlined heart-shaped surround)
Jonas V. Douw; his son Petrus Douw; his daughter Magdalena Douw (Mrs. Harmen) Gansevoort; her son Peter Gansevoort; his son Peter Gansevoort, Jr.; his daughter Catherine Gansevoort (Mrs. Abraham) Lansing; gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1901.