Lot 10
  • 10

A pair of William and Mary scarlet japanned "Bun Flagons", circa 1700

15,000 - 20,000 GBP
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  • copper, paint
  • Tallest: 43cm. high; 1ft. 5in.
the moulded lids with baluster finials and hinged thumb pieces with large scroll handles, with cylindrical bodies on a spreading, moulded foot


Christie's London, An Important Collection of Early Oak Furniture and Metalware Removed from the Manor House, Bramcote, Nottingham, 24 May 2001, lot 390

Catalogue Note

These impressive copper flagons bear the body, shape, spreading foot and 'bun' lid of flagons of the 17th century, more often known in pewter and silver. The gilt decoration to the bodies is influenced by designs from John Stalker and George Parker's 1688 A Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing. In their treatise the authors provide methods and ''patterns for Japan work in imitation of the Indians''. At that time japanning was the term for lacquer work, and ''Indian'' indicated anything exotic, particularly Chinese decoration as seen on the present lot.