Ewer and basin by Elie Pacot

This magnificent French silver ewer and basin were made for the British military hero John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in Lille in 1711/12 during the allied occupation.


Ewer: height 36 cm basin: diameter 73 cm
Art Fund grant:
£290,000 ( Total: £840,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:

The fine engraving incorporates appropriate military emblems - a trophy of arms with weapons, drums and trumpets, their banners bearing the cipher AR for Queen Anne. During Marlborough's lifetime, the ewer and basin formed part of the buffet display in the dining rooms at Blenheim Palace and Marlborough House, London. They are now displayed in the Whiteley Silver Galleries at the V&A following the Art Fund's successful campaign to save them for the nation.


Private collection. On loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002 - 2006.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

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