An exceptionally rare and important mid 14th Century octagonal flagon, French or Swiss
Lot 220
An exceptionally rare and important mid 14th Century octagonal flagon, French or Swiss
Sold for £9,600 (US$ 16,135) inc. premium
Auction Details
An exceptionally rare and important mid 14th Century octagonal flagon, French or Swiss An exceptionally rare and important mid 14th Century octagonal flagon, French or Swiss
Lot Details
An exceptionally rare and important mid 14th Century octagonal flagon, French or Swiss
Of octagonal baluster shape, knopped dome lid and twin 'ball' thumbpiece, solid slim attention handle terminal, on octagonal foot, merchant type motif to lid and engraved inscription to handle, height overall 18.5cm

Footnotes

  • Few flagons of this distinctive octagonal form have been recorded.
    An almost identical, but larger example sold Phillips, Chester, 'The Tonbridge Flagon', Sandy Law Collection, September 1997, lot 346, overall height 24cm. It was found in the River Medway near Tonbridge Castle.
    A similar example with lion sejant knop lid sold Christie's, 'The Little Collection', May 2007, lot 75. This flagon had a similar engraved inscription to handle. It was recorded as having been excavated from the ruins of Hamburg Castle, Aagau, which destroyed by earthquake in 1356.
    Other example can be seen in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam; the Landesmuseum, Zurich; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The latter illustrated in Anthony North, 'Pewter in the Victoria and Albert Museum', p.41, fig.3.
    See also the 'Journal of the Pewter Society', Spring 1986, p.98.
Activities