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Flagon (one of a pair)

Date:
1597–98
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 12 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 in., 36 oz. (31.4 x 16.5 x 12.1 cm, 1.12kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.143
  • Description

    These flagons (also known as livery pots), bear the arms of Sir Edward Coke and his first wife Bridget Paston. Coke, who served as Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, was an influential jurist. The flagons have been identified as part of the famous "Paston Treasure," a vast collection of silver-mounted wares that was displayed at Oxnead Hall, Norfolk.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Old inventory number is pricked on the reel-shaped part of the stand: "97", also beside coat of arms on inside of cover hinges, on cover side.

    Marking: [1] ? a branch in a shield ?
    [2] Leopard's head crowned;
    [3] Lion passant guardant;
    [4] V in shield, London date letter for 1597/98;


    Location of marks:
    On front neck of both pieces under rim; also on insetting flange of both covers.
    v marked twice

  • Provenance

    Bridget Paston (1st wife of Sir Edward Coke) (until d. 1598) ; Sir Edward Coke (until 1598) ; Sir William Paston (until 1663) ; Sir Robert Paston, Earl of Yarmouth (in 1679) ; Joseph Leeson, Earl of Milltown (by 1763, when he was created Earl on May 10, 1763) ; Private Collection (until 1885) ; [ Christie's, London , July 17, 1885, lot 122 ] ; Private Collection (until 1905) ; [ Christie's, London , June 28, 1905, lot 95 ] ; Colonel R. W. Chandos-Pole (until 1914) ; [ Christie's, London , July 1, 1914, lot 51 ] ; William Randolph Hearst (until 1939; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, January 5–7, 1939, lot 278); Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)

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