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Medium
silver
Measurements
19.5 × 22.2 × 14.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
London, England
Inscription
punched (vertically) in rear u.l.: (crown) / EN / (dot)
punched (diagonally) in rear u.l.: (crowned leopard's head)
punched (inverted) in rear u.c.l.: (lion passant)
punched (vertically) in rear u.c.l.: f
punched in handle c.: (crown) / EN / (dot)
engraved (vertically) in base c.l.: 29 = 12
Accession Number
3309-D3
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1932
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
Metalware was often one of the first mediums to register the impact of new stylistic influences, and some of the earliest manifestations of English Chinoiserie occur on flat-chased decorated silverware. This seventeenth-century tankard is decorated with figures of men in dress inspired by Asian costume standing amidst extravagant foliage inhabited by strange, exotic birds. No single source for this imagery can be traced, but similar scenes are to be found on ceramics, textiles, lacquer and in illustrated travel books.