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Wine flagon

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1690 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pewter

  • Credit Line:

    Child Gift.

  • Museum number:

    1005-1905

  • Gallery location:

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

This type of wine flagon is often referred to as a 'Jan Steen'' flagon as similar vessels appear in his genre paintings of merry drinkers and tavern scenes. Flagons with long spouts such as this were also known in France and Switzerland from the 14th century, and the form survived with little variation until well into the eighteenth century.

Physical description

Pewter wine flagon with bulbous body and narrow neck, scrolling handle with domed hinged lid, with a long, cylindrical spout tapering upwards, with a hinged cover at the mouth.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)

Date

ca. 1690 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pewter

Marks and inscriptions

GISENENBUSUM
Owner's name

B, within a rose and crown
Touch mark

Remains of an inscription (polished away)

Dimensions

Height: 20.6 cm, Diameter: 12.3 cm of base, Diameter: 15.0 cm of body, Length: 16.2 cm of spout

Object history note

This type of wine flagon is often referred to as a 'Jan Steen'' flagon as similar vessels appear in his genre paintings of merry drinkers and tavern scenes. Flagons with long spouts such as this were also known in France and Switzerland from the 14th century, and the form survived with little variation until well into the eighteenth century.

The Museum was given the flagon by Walter Child in 1904 along with a few pieces fo jewellery. He had bought the flagon from Thrond Ohlson, Oistenso on the Hardanger Fjord, Norway, who acquired it at a sale fo the effects of Preste Jackson of Vikor, in whose family it had been handed down.

Descriptive line

Pewter wine flagon of 'bellied' form with hinged lid, thumb-piece and hinged spout cap. Dutch, ca. 1690.

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

North, Anthony R.E., Pewter at the Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A Publishing 1999, p. 91, cat. 95, ill.

Materials

Pewter

Techniques

Casting; Soldering

Categories

Containers; Drinking; Household objects; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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