Originating in Ireland, the Lámhóg was a drinking vessel traditionally manufactured by means of turning on a pole-lathe. They were intended for use as beer tankards in Irish taverns and some examples were exported to inns in the west of England and Wales. Their appearance is distinguished by incised line decoration, flared rims and integral handles. (see Jonathan Levi, Treen for the Table, 1988, pp. 76-77, and pls. 4/3 and 4/4). Further examples in the same collection are illustrated in Owen Evan-Thomas, Domestic Utensils in Wood, 1932, p. 51, pl. 20.
A similar Lámhóg, also with provenance from the same collection, sold Sotheby's London `The W. J. Shepherd Collection of Treen', 30 November 1983, lot 539.
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