Silver tankard by Augustin Float

Augustin Float was a Gateshead silversmith.

Details

Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
16 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £5,880)
Acquired in:
1975
Vendor:
Christie's

This rare William and Mary tankard and cover of plain cylindrical form has a scroll handle applied with foliage cut-card work with tapering rat to the body. The raised cover has a corkscrew thumbpiece. The tankard is engraved with the Reid coat-of-arms in a baroque cartouche and has the initials TAR, probably those of Thomas A. Reid, its first owner, on the handle. It is one of only about six known examples of Float's work and an important addition to the Laing's collection of local silver.

Provenance

Thomas Reid; the Mowbray family; by descent.

Venue details

Laing Art Gallery New Bridge Street, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Tyne and Wear NE1 8AG 0191 232 7734 www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing

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