On display

Large flagon, silver, parcel-gilt, with embossed and chased, flat-chased, engraved, cast and pierced decoration, including strapwork, masks, cherub heads, fruit and around the foot medallions with a boar and two dogs. The finial is a warrior with spear and shield, the shield is charged with two crossed maces, identified by M. Wellby as the arms of Dahmen of Lubeck. The thumbpiece is cast with a mask and scrollwork.


  • Title


  • Artist/maker

    attributed to Claus Rothusen (active 1578 - 1611) (goldsmith)
  • Associated place

    Lübeck (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1600
  • Material and technique

    parcel-gilt silver

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    max 50.5 cm (height)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Otto von Falke, The Art Collection Eugen Gutmann (Berlin, 1912), 136, 43, Tafel 36

J.F. Hayward, Virtuoso Goldsmiths and the triumph of Mannerism, 1540-1620 (London, 1976), 534, 390

Tait, Hugh, Catalogue of the Waddeston Bequest in the British Museum: II. The Silver Plate (London, British Museum Publications Ltd, 1988), 51

Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)

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