The chasing on this tankard is done with unusual depth and some freedom. The chaser has not followed exactly his preparatory dotted outlines. The scene mixes exotic plants and fanciful birds with classical motifs. The front shows a baroque fountain with dolphin supports, female figure stem and dragon spout. The body of the fountain recalls Bernini’s Fontana del Tritone in Rome. The figures flanking the fountain likewise are classically derived.
A fountain in the form of a triton riding a dolphin appears on a chinoiserie mirror, maker’s mark only D in script, circa 1685, formerly in the Jaime Ortiz-Patiño Collection, sold Sotheby’s New York, May 21 1992 Lot 154 ($77,000). A baroque fountain appears on the cup and cover probably by John Ruslen, 1680, in the Collection of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths illus. David M. Mitchell op. cit p. 392.
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