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Flagon

Flagon

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1640-1641 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    silver, raising, engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Lent by St Peter's Church, Petersham

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:ST PETER PETERS.1

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A silver tankard with spreading base and flat lid, London, 1640-41, with the maker's mark in a plain shield, a mullet above an escallop between pellets and annulets, was presented to St Peter's, Petersham by Elizabeth, Countess of Dysart and Duchess of Lauderdale and engraved with the donor's coat of arms.

Physical description

A tankard-shaped flagon with a spreading base and flat lid, raised thumbpiece and an S shaped handle, which is engraved 'a Gift to Petersham'. The drum is engraved with a coat of arms surrounded by a garter ribbon and surmounted by a ducal coronet. The coat of arms or, a lion rampant dechausse within a double tressure, flory, counter-flory, gu. for Lauderdale; impaling, azure. an imperial crown or, between three mullets arg. within a double tressure, flory, counter-flory of the second for Murray.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1640-1641 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

silver, raising, engraving

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the lid 'a Gift to Petersham'.

The coat of arms or, a lion rampant dechausse within a double tressure, flory, counter-flory, gu. for Lauderdale; impaling, azure. an imperial crown or, between three mullets arg. within a double tressure, flory, counter-flory of the second for Murray.

London hallmarks for 1640-41

Mark, a mullet above an escallop between pellets and annulets, within a plain shield.
Unidentified

Dimensions

Height: 28.5 cm

Object history note

Given to St Peter's Church, Petersham by Elizabeth, Duchess of Lauderdale with a silver-gilt paten of 1663.

Historical significance: Elizabeth Murray, Countess of Dysart and Duchess of Lauderdale undertook an extensive programme of modernization at Ham House which was planned from 1671 before her marriage to the Duke. Her husband predeceased her in 1682 and was buried in Scotland in great state at a cost of £5000. The Duchess died at Ham House on 15 June 1698. She was buried very quietly 'carried only by my particular family, in Petersham Church where my honoured mother the Countess of Dysart does lye with three of my sisters and three of my own children'.

Historical context note

Elizabeth, Duchess of Lauderdale was the daughter and heir of William Murray, 1st Earl of Dysart and Catherine Bruce who was descended from Robert Bruce, King of Scotland. She became the Countess of Dysart on her father's death and married firstly Sir Lionel Tollemache, who died in 1668. In 1671 she remarried John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale, Knight of the Garter. She inherited Ham House from her father and died there in 1697. She was buried at Petersham Church.

Descriptive line

Church plate, English. Charles 1. Silver flagon with hinged top and thumb-piece and scroll handle and having chassed coat of arms and inscription on lid " A gift to Petersham" 11 inches high. London. 1640 mark 38 ozs.

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

Rev. T. S. Cooper, The Church Plate of Surrey, Surrey Archaeological Society, 1892, p.224-5

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Raising; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Coats of arms; Coronets (crowns)

Categories

Christianity; Metalwork; Religion

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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