Johannes Schiotling (1730-1799) was a leading silversmith in 18th century Amsterdam. Among his prominent clients was the merchant and banker John Hope (1737-1784), of Groenendaal, Heemstede. Schiotling’s was a significant influence on other Dutch silversmiths and in 1977 the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam organised an exhibition of his work and his circle. A comparable tankard of 1767 by Schiotling is on loan from the Foundation Esse non Videri to the Rijksmuseum. This 1767 example is of the same form albeit on a smaller scale, measuring 22 cm. high. The sides are also applied with flowering branches and it has a chased domed cover. Another tankard by Schiotling of 1767, sold, Christie’s, Amsterdam, 3 December 1992, lot 1065.