Antique Silver William & Mary Tazza made in 1693


A magnificent William & Mary silver tazza of plain circular form, onto a cylindrical spreading foot.

Date 1693
Made By John Sutton
Location London
Stock Number W74x40
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Maker: John Sutton

A magnificent William & Mary antique silver tazza of plain circular form, onto a cylindrical spreading foot.

The surface of the tazza is beautifully engraved in the centre with an original coat of arms, and has an impressive gadroon decorated border. The underside has what is known as “cut card decoration” – which is a sign of real quality.

The foot is struck correctly with the sterling standard mark. It also has the original etched initials of “S B” on one side and “T” over “T M” on the other (one initial would have belonged to the donor and the other the recipient).

It is also engraved c. 1790 with: “Fellowship Hall St Mary at Hill”

Fellowship Porters Hall was built in 1786 at St Mary’s Hill, London and this tazza would have been used there for the 100 years after it was made (although clearly well cared for or little used!) The tazza would have been sold again in the late 19th century, when the Fellowship Porters Society was disbanded.

Dimensions: height 8.89 cm, width 30.48 cm,weight 29 Troy ozs

A tazza is a wide, shallow dish which sits atop a short stem with a wide based foot, or a short foot. “Tazza” translates to “cup” in Italian. The tazza is usually used for serving smaller items of food, such as hors d’oeuvres.

The basic form of the tazza is essentially an elevated plate, and therefore it was developed as a way of utilising more space on a dinner table. Presenting a dish in this manner adds to the grandeur of the meal.


John Sutton

John Sutton, son of Thomas Sutton of Brignelt in the County of York, apprenticed to John Winterton 8 February 1661. Free, 19 February 1668. Livery, September 1674. Warden 1696, 1701, 1703. Prime Warden, 1707.

His mark is the first entered in the largeworkers’ book started April 1697, and is awarded the distinction of a large ornamental script as “present Touchwarden”, 15 April 1697. Address: Lombard Street.

Heal records show him as plateworker, parish of St. Mary Woolnoth, 1674-1707. The register of that church contains entries for the burial of Ann, daughter of John Sutton, goldsmith, 25 January 1680. It also contains the baptisms of two sons, John and Thomas, and three daughters, Sarah and two further Anns, from 1683 to 1693.

Sutton was signatory of the Committee Report on the present state of the Goldsmiths’ Company, 29 April 1708. This was towards the end of his year as Prime Warden, when he was about 60.

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