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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries

Tankard

ca. 1718-1720 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This tankard is decorated in the delicate Régence style, a restrained fashion for silver wares that emerged in France in the late 17th century. Augsburg goldsmiths quickly adopted the Régence style from Parisian ornament prints and produced elegant designs of their own. This tankard, a common choice of gift in southern Germany, combines plain surfaces with delicately chased (hammered) and engraved Régence motifs: borders of strapwork (interlaced bands resembling leather straps), scrolls, fruits and lambrequins (draped cloths).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver-gilt, engraved and chased
Brief Description
Silver, Continental
Physical Description
Covered tankard with hinged lid with engraved and chased strapwork on join between body and base, below rim and on lid; cast handle and cast shaped finial on lid.
Dimensions
  • Foot diameter: 12.10cm
  • Height: 15.80cm
  • Width: 16.50cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
Underside of tankard and rim of lid, on either side of thumbpiece: maker's mark of Franz Thaddeaus Lang and town mark for Augsburg for 1718-20
Gallery Label
Silver Gallery: Augsburg goldsmiths quickly adopted the Régence style from Parisian ornament prints and produced elegant designs of their own. This tankard, a common choice of gift in southern Germany, is decorated with delicately chased and engraved borders of strapwork, scrolls, fruits and lambrequins (draped cloths).(26/11/2002)
Object history
Purcase - J. Webb Collection - (£40)





Inside the lid there is an colourful enamelled medal painted with a coat of arms (presumably origional) bearing the nams M: EVPHEMIA Ceberg.
Production
Franz Thaddeaus Lang (master 1719, assay master 1732 and 1748, died 1773)
Summary
This tankard is decorated in the delicate Régence style, a restrained fashion for silver wares that emerged in France in the late 17th century. Augsburg goldsmiths quickly adopted the Régence style from Parisian ornament prints and produced elegant designs of their own. This tankard, a common choice of gift in southern Germany, combines plain surfaces with delicately chased (hammered) and engraved Régence motifs: borders of strapwork (interlaced bands resembling leather straps), scrolls, fruits and lambrequins (draped cloths).
Bibliographic Reference
German Domestic Silver of the Eighteenth Century, Charles Oman, Pg. 12, V&A 1965
Collection
Accession Number
238-1874

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record createdFebruary 9, 2004
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