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Inscription

Engraved on side with armorials and crown for Christian Ludwig, Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg (1622-1665). Inscribed above the armorials: "VGGCLHZBVL" [Von Gottes Gnaden Christian Ludwig Herzog zu Braunschweig und Luneberg].

Marks

Marked on neck, proper right side of spout and again on foot rim: maker's mark for Friedrich Kettwych and Hamburg guild mark (in use 1642-1658).

Provenance

About 1650, Christian Ludwig (b. 1622 - d. 1665), Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg (original commission) [see note 1]; by inheritance to his brother, Ernest Augustus (b. 1629 - d. 1698), Elector of Hanover; by inheritance to his son, George Louis (b. 1660 - d. 1727), Elector of Hanover, later George I, King of Great Britain (r. 1714 - 1727); by inheritance, through the Electors of Hanover, to George III (b. 1738 - d. 1820), King of Great Britain and Elector and King of Hanover [see note 2]; by inheritance to his son, George IV (b. 1762 - d. 1830), King of Great Britain and Hanover; by inheritance to his brother, William IV (b. 1765 - d. 1837), King of Great Britain and Hanover; 1837, by inheritance to his nephew, Ernst Augustus I (b. 1837- d. 1851), King of Hanover [see note 3]; by inheritance to his son, George V (b. 1819 - d. 1878), King of Hanover; by inheritance, through the Princes of Hanover, to Ernst Augustus V (b. 1954), Prince of Hanover. 2004, private foundation, United States; 2006, given from this private foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2006) NOTES: [1] Engraved on the side with the armorials and crown for Christian Ludwig, and engraved above the armorials: "VGGCLHZBVL" (Von Gottes Gnaden Christian Ludwig Herzog zu Braunschweig und Luneberg). [2] In 1816, the Elector of Hanover assumed the title of King. [3] Because by Salic law a woman could not inherit the throne of Hanover, upon the succession of Queen Victoria of England in 1837, the crown passed to the oldest surviving son of George III.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Livery pot

German (Hamburg), about 1650

Object Place

Germany

Dimensions

Height: 69.2 cm (27 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2006.746

Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel-gilt

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver