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A STAFFORDSHIRE SALT-GLAZED WHITE STONEWARE DATED 'PORTOBELLO' TANKARD
1739
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 USD
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682
A STAFFORDSHIRE SALT-GLAZED WHITE STONEWARE DATED 'PORTOBELLO' TANKARD
1739
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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A STAFFORDSHIRE SALT-GLAZED WHITE STONEWARE DATED 'PORTOBELLO' TANKARD
1739
of tall cylindrical form with spreading foot, applied with a grooved strap handle, with turned bands, sprigged on the exterior with a scene of the battle flanked by the inscription 'THE/ BRITISH/ GLORY./ REVIV'D', 'BY:/ ADMIRA/ VERNON', 'HE/ TOOK:/ PORTO'/BELLO', 'WITH/ SIX:/ SHIPS/ ONLY/', 'NOV:YE/ :22:1739'.
height 6 3/8 in.
16.1 cm
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Provenance

Jonathan Horne, London, November, 2001, bearing label
Vogel Collection no. 700

Catalogue Note

On 21st November 1739 Admiral Edward "Old Grog" Vernon (1684-1757) captured the Spanish colonial possession of Porto Bello (now in Panama) using just six ships, against the 700 strong Spanish infantry. Vernon was subsequently granted the Freedom of the City of London and commemorative medals and ceramics such as the present example were produced to celebrate the victory.

Vessels depicting this event were clearly popular in the 18th century, as salt-glaze sherds showing sprigged decoration of this type have been unearthed dispersed as far as Maryland. An example is in the collection of Lady Charlotte Schreiber, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, mus. no. 414:942-1885. The taking of Porto bello and sprigged decoration of this form is discussed by Felicity Marno in This blessed plot, this earth, London, 2011, pp. 46-48. A further tankard was sold at Sotheby's London, May 4 2017, lot 92.

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