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The body of the ewer is ovoid and rests on a high spool-shaped stem on a domed foot. The foot is struck with egg-and-dart and beaded patterns. The dome is chased with dolphins in a wavy sea. The decoration of the body is divided into three registers: acanthus leaves interspersed with round...

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Armorials: Pounced on center of boss of basin, an unidentified coat of arms: Quarterly, 1 and 4, three unicorns' heads couped, two and one; 2 and 3 a lion passant, in pretence, quarterly, 1 and 4, a chief indented, 2 and 3, a saltire between 12 ?


On neck of ewer and on rim of basin, date letter G; lion passant; leopard's head crowned; maker's mark IH over a bear passant in a circle (Jackson, 1921, p. 107; rev. ed. 1989, p. 99) (struck twice on rim of basin)


J. P. Morgan (1867–1943). November 1, 1947, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 468, sold to the MFA for $10,000 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: November 13, 1947) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 47.1427 - 47.1428 were acquired together.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), 1604–05

Object Place

London, England


H. 49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.); W. 21.4 cm (8 7/16 in.); Diameter (of foot) 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); Weight 2,849.2 gm (91 oz 12 dwt)

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Medium or Technique

Silver gilt