Large Italian 800 silver covered tankard. Straight sides, spread, foot, hinged dome cover with cast figural finial, and scroll handle with leaf cap and scallop-shell thumb rest. Low-relief frieze of Bacchic revelry with frolicking and dancing putti – and they're naked. Hallmark (1944-68) includes maker's mark MI445 for Ferdinando Meloncelli in Milan. Deep patina and fine definition.
Dimensions: H 9 1/8 x W 7 x D 5 1/8 in. Weight: 20 troy ounces. BO331