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The size and proportions of the stoneware body are typical of those dating from around 1560, although the mounts are more sophisticated than most. The inclusion of human figures in the design is exceptional. The mask motif of the thumbpiece is possibly taken from an engraving of about 1542 by Antonio Fantuzzi after Rosso Fiorentino.
Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)
Associated peopleMercer's Company of London (1394 - 9999) (heraldry on object)
Datemid-16th century - 1559
1558 - 1559
Material and technique
Dimensions21.6 cm (height)
No. of items
Bequeathed by J. Francis Mallett, 1947.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 55 | Silver
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Glossary of terms
Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.
Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 1