A 'York' Stuart flat lid-flagon, circa 1680
Lot 96
A 'York' Stuart flat-lid flagon, circa 1680
Sold for £5,625 (US$ 9,454) inc. premium
Auction Details
A 'York' Stuart flat lid-flagon, circa 1680 A 'York' Stuart flat lid-flagon, circa 1680
Lot Details
A 'York' Stuart flat-lid flagon, circa 1680
The lid with front pierced denticulations and spray thumbpiece, the drum with upper and lower bands of engraved decoration, handle with incised shield terminal, hallmarks to lid and touchmark inside base of TB, (w.1675-?), (PS 1382), capacity 85.25 fl.oz., height 31cm


  • Provenance: Dr. A.J. Young Collection. Purchased 1999.

    Exhibited: Daily Telegraph Exhibition, Olympia, 1928, item P97, (sold with photocopy of the catalogue). The Currier Gallery of Art, British Pewter 1600-1850, 1974, item 7, (sold with exhibition catalogue)

    Literature: Illustrated Connoisseur, April 1929, p.216.

    Traditionally this type of flat-lid flagon is thought to have originated in York. Indeed, a similar related flagon, bearing the same touch, decoration and thumbpiece, in the collection of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers, London, item 141, illustrated in the Catalogue of Pewter Ware, p.39, pl.16 (centre) is noted as 'York'. It is possible that the touchmark TB belongs to Thomas Bousfield of York, (w.1640-1678), (PS 854). However, Bousfield's working dates appear too early for this flagon, rendering TB (w.1675-?), (PS 1382) a more likely contender. The latter's mark has been found on a flagon with a Wigan thumbpiece; hence it is possible this lot originates from Wigan rather than York.

    Michael Boorer notes a flagon with the same touch inscribed Richard Brogden, Church Warden, Gisburn, 1725.

    Another flagon, with the same touchmark to base, but with a ram's horn thumbpiece, from The Isher Collection, sold Sotheby's, October 1981.
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