A PAIR OF GEORGE V SILVER PILGRIM FLASKS
A PAIR OF GEORGE V SILVER PILGRIM FLASKS
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A PAIR OF GEORGE V SILVER PILGRIM FLASKS

MARK OF EDWARD BARNARD AND SONS LTD., LONDON, 1929

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A PAIR OF GEORGE V SILVER PILGRIM FLASKS
MARK OF EDWARD BARNARD AND SONS LTD., LONDON, 1929
Each flattened pear shape and with strapwork applied rim and lower body, on oval gadrooned foot, applied with masks within leaf cartouches and suspension chains to the gadrooned cover with baluster finial, engraved with a coat-of-arms below a viscount's coronet, marked on body, cover below and chain links
21 in. (53.5 cm.) high
289 oz. 4 dwt. (9,027 gr.)
The arms are those of Haldane-Duncan as borne by the Viscounts Duncan of Camperdown.
Provenance
A New York Collector; Christie's, New York, 14 April 2005, lot 137.

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Lot Essay

Pilgrim Flasks
The pear-shaped form of the pilgrim flask has its roots in the leather water flask carried by the pilgrim or traveller of the Middle Ages. Particularly grand flasks with fine cut-card work were produced in the late 17th and early 18th century. Contemporary prints, such as Martin Engelbrecht's representation of the great silver buffet in the Rittersaal at the Berliner Schloss, circa 1708, indicate that they were arranged on side buffets during formal banquets. When placed in wine cisterns, they also served to decant wine.

Late 17th and early 18th century examples provided the inspiration for Edward Farrell and Robert Garrard in the 19th century. These revival pieces were also used as grand display plate. Many of the examples by Garrard were presented by the Royal Families of Europe, such as those exhibited, London, English Silver Treasures from the Kremlin, Sotheby's, 1 January – 28 January 1991, no. 111, which were given by the Royal Families of Greece and Denmark to the Tsar Alexander III on his marriage to Marie Fedorovna in 1866. Another Royal pair by Garrard of 1866 was given to King Christian IX of Denmark, and was sold in the Collection of King George I of the Hellenes, Christie's, London, 24 January 2007, lot 303. A pair of pilgrim flasks in the Royal Collection are illustrated in E.A. Jones, The Gold and Silver of Windsor Castle, London, 1911, p. 36.
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