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Tankard

ca. 1600 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This tankard is distinctive with its tall elegant form and flared base. This particular style and form was developed by goldsmiths in Hungary. Hungarian art was influenced by the rule of the Ottoman Turks, yet its silver also has elements of German style owing to the large German population there.

This piece is an example of 16th century domestic silver. Such silver was both functional and ornamental. Objects for dining and drinking took elegant forms and were decorated in the latest styles. Beautifully crafted items intended only for display often adopted functional forms such as cups and dishes. Domestic silver was not confined to the most wealthy. Many people owned silver spoons or mounted vessels, items which often became treasured possessions.

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Raised and cast silver-gilt with engraved and stamped decoration
Brief Description
Silver-gilt, with stamped and engraved decoration; Hungary, about 1600.
Physical Description
Silver-gilt tankard with a flared base and a moulded girdle. The scroll handle has a demi-figure thumb piece. The cover is surmounted by a steeple-like finial. The body is stamped and engraved with arabesque decoration. A medallion has been applied to the inside of the base and is engraved with the initials "DFA". The rim of the cover is stamped with either unidentified initials or an inventory number.
Dimensions
  • Height: 30.2cm
  • Width: 14.5cm
  • Weight: 900g
Gallery Label
(Gallery 70, case 1) 1. Tankard About 1600 Hungary Gilded silver Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.528-2008(16/11/2016)
Credit line
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object history
Provenance: This tankard was previously owned by J.P. Morgan.

Acquired by Arthur Gilbert from S.J. Phillips Ltd, London, 1996.
Historical context
This distinctive tankard, with its tall elegant form and flared base, was developed by goldsmiths in Hungary. Hungarian art was influenced by the rule of the Ottoman Turks, yet its silver also has elements of German style owing to the large German population there.
Subject depicted
Summary
This tankard is distinctive with its tall elegant form and flared base. This particular style and form was developed by goldsmiths in Hungary. Hungarian art was influenced by the rule of the Ottoman Turks, yet its silver also has elements of German style owing to the large German population there.



This piece is an example of 16th century domestic silver. Such silver was both functional and ornamental. Objects for dining and drinking took elegant forms and were decorated in the latest styles. Beautifully crafted items intended only for display often adopted functional forms such as cups and dishes. Domestic silver was not confined to the most wealthy. Many people owned silver spoons or mounted vessels, items which often became treasured possessions.



Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.
Other Numbers
  • SG 339 - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • 1999.44 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • SG 173AB - Arthur Gilbert Number
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:GILBERT.528-2008

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record createdJune 19, 2008
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