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Tazza: M/P.25-1938

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Silversmith: Unidentified




Silver-gilt; the shallow bowl with central medallion, with engraved bands of scrollwork; standing on a stem with central knop above a domed circular foot embossed with strpwork

Silver-gilt; the shallow bowl is engraved with two borders of crolling foliage. In the slightly raised centre is an applied medallion of the bust of a warrior. The knoped stem and domed foot are embossed and chased with strapwork, fruit and flowers. The side of the bowl is prick engraved with the initials 'WP' over 'IE' and the base of the foot is prick engraved 'IE'.


History note: Listed in Mr. Cunliffe's catalogue as being bought at Christie's; Leonard Daneham Cunliffe (18 -1937)

Legal notes

L.D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Measurements and weight

Weight: 450 g
Weight: 14:9 oz:dwt

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


Late 16th Century
Elizabeth I
1577 - 1578


The maker's mark of H pierced by an arrow has not been identified

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of gold
Bowl Diameter 16.5 cm Diameter 6½ in
To Rim Height 13.2 cm Height 5⅛ in

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 'IE'

  • Location: Beneath foot
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Initials

Inscription present: 'WP' over 'IE'

  • Location: On outside of bowl
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Initials

Inscription present: leopard's head crowned

  • Location: On the outside of the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On the outside of the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: gothic, lower case

  • Text: u
  • Location: On the outside of the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: H pierced by an arrow
  • Location: On the outside of the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.25-1938
Primary reference Number: 119238
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 November 2022 Last processed: Thursday 16 March 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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