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Tankard engraved with scenes depicting the Fire of London and the Great Plague

I N (British, mid-late 17th century)

Date:
1675/76
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 7 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 6 in., 37 oz. 13 dwt. (19.1 x 23.5 x 15.2 cm, 1.171kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Henry S. Morgan, 1986
Accession Number:
1987.54
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: 1) Above cartouche of plague scene; (Left of arms):
    Ex Dono E: BG: Militis/ Irenarchae Seduli, Intergerimi; /quem/ post Egregiam in fugandâ peste praestitam operam/ Carolus Secundus Semper Augustus/ Assensu Procerum a Secretis Conciliis/ In Perpetuam tantae pietatis memoriam/ Agenteo donavit Oenophoro, et vere Regio/ Hoc Ampliore modo insignito/ (Given by E.B.G. gentleman (Edmund Berry Godfrey) a careful and trustworthy Justice of the Peace. His Majesty Charles II gave him a silver flagon with the assent of his Privy Council in perpetual recognition of his faithfulness to duty and the outstanding and practical measures he took to mitigate the plague)

    2) Below cartouche (Left of arms):
    Gratia Dei et Regis Caroli Secundi/ pestis sibi salus/ E: BG: 1665 (By the Grace of God and King Charles II. What was a plague to others, to him was wealth. E.B.G. 1665)

    3) Above cartouche of fire of London scene; (right of arms):
    vir revera Reipublicae Natus,/ Cum urbem Imanis vastabat Ignis,/ Dei Providentiâ et virtute suâ/ Flamarum Medio, Tutus, et Illustris/

    4) Below cartouche; (right of arms):
    Deinde Cogente Rege/ (At Merito) Emicuit Eques Auratus/ E: BG: 7bris 1666/ Caetera Loquentur Pauperes et Trivia.

    Marking: [1] IN, (or NI) pellet between, mullet below in heart-shaped punch.
    [2] Leopard's head crowned;
    [3] Lion passant guardant;
    [4] S, date letter for London 1675-76;


    Location of marks:
    [1]-[4] across top of lid and under lip to right of handle
    [1] on the handle

  • Provenance

    J. Pierpont Morgan ; J. P. Morgan Jr. ; Mrs. Henry S. Morgan (until 1986; to MMA)

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