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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1817-1818 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Farrell, Edward, born 1779 - died 1850 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 2

This exceptionally heavy tankard must have been designed for display rather than for use as a drinking vessel. It is one of the earliest pieces of silver made by the silversmith Edward Farrell. The design is largely based on that of late 17th century German tankards but is more eclectic incorporating neoclassical and baroque stylistic elements. The frieze of the gods on Mount Olympus is Neoclassical in execution and subject matter whereas the heavy, exuberant decoration on the base, handle and cover of the tankard owes much to the Baroque.

Physical description

Cylindrical tankard, the base with applied grapevine and dolphin feet, the body cast and chased with mythological scenes of Mount Olympus, the handle decorated with grapevine and bacchanalian figures, the domed, hinged cover with cast and chased putti and the finial in the shape of a putti.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1817-1818 (made)


Farrell, Edward, born 1779 - died 1850 (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Edward Farrell
on base and on lid

London hallmarks for 1817-18
On base; duty, sterling standard and date letter
On lid; sterling standard and date letter and maker's mark
On body; duty, sterling standard, date letter and leopard's head


Height: 31 cm, Weight: 185 oz, Width: 31 cm including handle, Depth: 20.2 cm maximum

Object history note

Provenance Sir William Butlin M.B.E., Christie's, London, 17th July 1968 , lot 41

Descriptive line

Tankard, silver-gilt, London hallmarks for 1817-1818, mark of Edward Farrell.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Anthony Phillips and Jeanne Sloane, English and French Silver-gilt from the collection of Audrey Love, Christie's, 1997, p. 80-1


Silver; Gold



Subjects depicted

Mount Olympus; Mythology; Dolphin; Gods; Putti; Vine


Metalwork; Drinking


Metalwork Collection

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