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Tankard: MAR.M.59-1912

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Silversmith: Unknown




Coconut and silver-gilt; the foot mounts and cover embossed and chased with strapwork and fruit, and initialled 'TF' with a beaker between, over 'AF'.

Coconut and silver-gilt; the low domed foot is embossed with a border of round and oval cartouches and fruit on a matted ground. The short stem has three flat scroll brackets supporting the pierced calyx which holds the coconut cup. The cup is held by three hinged straps in the form of caryatids holding shells aloft. The rim of the coconut is held by a broad band of ornate embossed and chased gadroons. Above this is a broad rim embossed and chased with strapwork and fruit. The slightly domed cover is similarly decorated and has an urn-shaped finial. The hollow D-section scroll handle has a shield-shaped terminal and a thumbpiece cast as a boy sitting on a U-shaped bar. The cover is engraved with the initials 'TF' with a beaker between, over 'AF'.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Width: 15.2 cm
Width: 6 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


17th Century, Early#
Circa 1600 - Circa 1650


The mounts only bear a later import mark. There is not a maker's mark or town mark

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface Of Mounts composed of gold
Mounts composed of silver
Cup composed of coconut
Base Diameter 11 cm Diameter 4⅜ in
To Top Of Finial Height 24.8 cm Height 9¾ in

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.59-1912
Primary reference Number: 119320
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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