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Tankard - Ivory tankard in silver gilt mounts
  • Ivory tankard in silver gilt mounts
    Hering, Hans Heinrich
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Ivory tankard in silver gilt mounts

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Augsburg (made)

  • Date:

    1662-1696 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hering, Hans Heinrich (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Lidded tankards had been a popular form of drinking vessel across Northern Europe from the mid-sixteenth-century. Augsburg goldsmiths produced numerous examples with striking and fantastic ornament. The mounts on this tankard were made by Augsburg goldsmith Hans Heinrich Hering, but the carved ivory drum is the work of another artist, possibly Ulrich Herdtler, a Swiss pupil of David Heschler (1611-1667). The subject-matter of the decoration is inspired by the antique, and comprises a frieze of tritons (sea gods) and nereids (sea nymphs) amongst reeds and water.

Physical description

Tankard. Ivory drum, carved in relief with tritons and nereids, mounted in repoussé silver-gilt.

Place of Origin

Augsburg (made)


1662-1696 (made)


Hering, Hans Heinrich (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Assay mark on the underside of the lid rim.

Maker's mark 'HH' monogram for Hans Heinrich Hering, and Augsburg town mark, on the base and on the outer rim of the lid.


Height: 6.75 in, Diameter: 4.375 in

Object history note

The mounts for the tankard are the work of Augsburg goldsmith Hans Heinrich Hering, who became a master goldsmith in 1662. Few of his works survive: Seling (1980, no. 1640 and 1994, p. 42) lists only a chalice and a cup in the form of a fish (made with the goldsmith Johann I Seutter) with his mark.

Nothing is known of the early ownership of the tankard. In the nineteenth century it entered the collection of John Jones, who bequeathed it to the Museum on his death in 1882.

Descriptive line

Tankard, ivory with silver gilt mounts, German (Augsburg), 1662-1696, mark of Hans Heinrich Hering.

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

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1882. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1883. pp. 77
Seling, Helmut. Die Kunst der Augsburger Goldschmiede 1529-1868. 3 vols. Munich: C. H. Beck, 1980. ISBN 3406057292 (set)
Seling, Helmut. Die Kunst der Augsburger Goldschmiede 1529-1868. Supplement zu Band III. Meister, Marken, Beschauzeichen. Munich: C. H. Beck, 1994. ISBN 3406378072
Longhurst, Margaret, H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. II. London: The Board of Education, 1929. pp. 91
Mitchell, H. P.. [Catalogue entries]. In: Catalogue of the Jones Collection, Part II: Ceramics, Ormolu, Goldsmiths' Work, Enamels, Sculpture, Tapestry, Books, and Prints. London: The Board of Education, 1924.

Labels and date

German (Augsberg?); late 17th century
Ivory mounted in silver-gilt; the silver marks are perhaps those of Hans Heinrich Hering (d.1696)
Jones collection

Decorated with Tritons and Nereids
[1993 - 2011]


Ivory; Silver- gilt


Carved; Repoussé

Subjects depicted

Tritons; Nereids




Sculpture Collection

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