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Tankard

Tankard

  • Place of origin:

    Altenburg (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1702 (made)
    1711 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Salt-glazed stoneware with turned decoration and pewter mounts

  • Museum number:

    C.240-1909

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 5, The Friends of the V&A Gallery, case CA1

Altenburg is a small town between the rivers Mulde and Saale on the border of Saxony with Thuringia in eastern Germany. Salt-glazed stoneware was produced there during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, mainly for local consumption. Most Altenburg wares were designed to be mounted in pewter, as is the case with this example which not only has a pewter lid with large globular thumbpiece, but also three thin bands of pewter from the topmost of which hangs a row of star-like cresting. The engraved initials were possibly those of the owner. The addition of pewter mounts added an element of decoration, elegance and value to an otherwise plain pottery vessel. This tankard would have been used for beer, always a favourite German drink. Beer vessels traditionally had lids, whether glass ones on enamelled glass Humpen or pewter mounts as here.

Physical description

Cylindrical cream-coloured salt-glazed stoneware tankard (Humpen or Krug) with loop handle. The upper and lower sections of the body are decorated with narrow turned rilling. The pewter mounts consist of three thin bands from the topmost of which hangs a row of star-like cresting, and a hinged lid with large globular thumbpiece.

Place of Origin

Altenburg (made)

Date

ca. 1702 (made)
1711 (dated)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Salt-glazed stoneware with turned decoration and pewter mounts

Marks and inscriptions

'BV
AK
1711
L' , engraved on lid
Under a coronet and enclosed by palm branches, all engraved

Three shields all bear the date 1702. One also has an eagle, the other two a flagon and initials 'IGK' or possibly ICK'.
Stamped pewterer's touchmarks

Dimensions

Height: 27.3 cm to top of thumbpiece, Height: 19.7 cm Tankard only not including lid, Diameter: 13.6 cm, Width: 18.9 cm

Object history note

Bought from Mr. G. Jorck, Battersea for £2. 5s.

Altenburg is a small town lying between the rivers Mulde and Saale on the Saxony/Thuringia border, eastern Germany. Salt-glazed stoneware was produced there during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, mainly for local consumption. Most wares were designed to be mounted in pewter.

Historical context note

For beer drinking.

Descriptive line

Salt-glazed stoneware tankard with pewter mounts made in Altenburg, Germany, about 1702.

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

Ekkart Klinge, 'Deutsches Steinzeug der Renaissance- und Barockzeit, 1979
Josef Horschik, 'Steinzeug 15. bis 19. Jahrhundert von Bürgel bis Muskau', Dresden, 1978.

Labels and date

Tankard
Made in Altenburg, Germany about 1710
Stoneware with pewter mount dated 1711

C.240-1909 [16/07/2008]

Production Note

Pewter mounts bear the date 1702 on touchmarks and an engraved date of 1711 (possibly for the owner as initials accompany this).

Materials

Stoneware; Pewter

Techniques

Turned; Mounted; Glazed

Categories

Ceramics; Stoneware; Drinking

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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