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The cylindrical body of the flagon is of highly polished gray marble with dark red, brown, and green inclusions. It rests on a molded silver-gilt foot embossed with strapwork and engraved on the rim with a reeded pattern. The rim of the flagon is mounted with a broad band of embossed strapwork...

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Until about 1852 or later, Torkington collection, Great Stukeley Hall, Huntingdon, England [see note 1]. June 13, 1907, anonymous sale ("property of a gentleman"), Christie's, London, lot 66, to Foster for £480. Between 1907 and 1911, acquired by Montagu Samuel, 1st Baron Swaythling (b. 1832 - d. 1911), London; May 6, 1924, posthumous Swaythling sale, Christie's, London, lot 124, to Crichton Brothers, London; May 30, 1924, sold by Crichton to William Randolph Hearst (b. 1863 - d. 1951), New York; July 28, 1944, sold by Hearst to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N6020); April 22, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 453, to the MFA for $1,700. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949) NOTES: [1] An undated note in the curatorial file from Captain Charles Torkington (b. 1847 - d. 1919) states that "it has been in my family for a great number of years. It was removed from Great Stukeley Hall, Huntingdon about the year 1852 by my mother when the house was dismantled." It is not known whether it left the family's possession at that time.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English or German, about 1560–70

Object Place

England or Germany


H. 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.); W. 14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.) Diameter (of foot) 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble with silver-gilt mounts