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Made by: Philip Jakob Drentwett

On view in: First Floor Library

About this object

The ivory body of the tankard is carved in fairly high relief with a bacchanalian scene. There is a continuous frieze all around with male and female bacchantes and satyrs with clusters and baskets of grapes disporting themselves and among them the drunken Silenus. The cover is also carved in ivory. On the cover are four putti asleep among the bunches of grapes. Also on the cover is a standing figure of a putto holding bunches of grapes in his raised left hand. The silver mounting is in silver repousse and gilded. About the base is an elaborate baroque scroll work in repousse and about the edge of the cover a repousse band of leaves and fruit. The thumb piece is the mask of an animal with horns. The handle is an elaborate series of double c-scrolls and a mermaid. The mountings and the interior are all silver gilt.

Object name:
Made from:
Ivory -- silver gilt
Made in:
Augsburg, Germany
Date made:
ca. 1650
38.1 cm (15 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
MARK on silver on edge of cover and on rim of base: 1) pine cone of Augsburg; 2) PID in rectangle for Philip Jacob Drentworth
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973