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Gorge mug

Gorge mug

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1683-1684 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Garthorne, George (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2005

  • Museum number:

    M.28-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries, case 9

This mug is a very rare example of a silver vessel copying a ceramic form. This particular form (known as the gorge form), with globular body and cylindrical neck was ultimately derived from the design of larger 16th century German stoneware ale mugs. In the late 17th century, a smaller version was copied in a number of materials including silver, glass, western stonewares and oriental porcelain. The decoration on the neck of this silver mug copies the wheel turned decoration on the ceramic examples. With this acquisition the V&A becomes the only museum in Britain where the widest range of materials copying the ceramic version can be seen.

Physical description

Silver gorge mug with spherical body opening to cylindrical reeded neck with silver wire handle in form of S-scroll, decorated with flatchased chinoiserie design of two warriors standing within exotic flowers and leaves.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1683-1684 (made)

Artist/maker

Garthorne, George (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

Full hallmarks for London 1683-4
On the base

Mark of George Garthorne

Scratch weight of 7.1.0

'A:H'
Incised

Dimensions

Height: 8.8 cm, Width: 11 cm with handle, Diameter: 8.3 cm, Weight: 213 g, Weight: 6.17 troy

Historical context note

This mug is a very rare example of a silver vessel copying a ceramic form. This particular form (known as a gorge form), with globular body and cylindrical neck was ultimately derived from the design of larger 16th century German stoneware ale mugs. In the late 17th century, a smaller version was copied in a number of materials including silver, glass, western stonewares and oriental porcelain. The decoration on the neck of this silver mug copies the wheel turned decoration on the ceramic examples. With this acquisition the V&A becomes the only Museum in Britain where the widest range of materials copying the ceramic version can be seen. The silver mug is on show in the Designs case in gallery 68 with a ceramic prototype

Descriptive line

Silver gorge mug, London hallmarks for 1683-4, mark of George Garthorne.

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

Robin Hildyard, Gorges across the Centuries Antique Collecting , Sept. 1999, p.10-15

Materials

Silver

Categories

Metalwork; Drinking

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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