A German parcel-gilt silver-mounted carved ivory tankard, apparently unmarked, second half 19th century, of 17th century style. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011

The handle modelled as a female figure rising from a grotesque mask and terminating in a dolphin's head, bifurcated scroll thumbpiece, mounts chased with vignettes of St. George slaying the dragon and other figures separated by fruit and flowers, the finial modelled as a knight in chain-mail on rearing horse, a frog by the horse's foot, the sides finely carved in high relief with a ferocious battle scene including hounds savaging a fallen horse, a man loading a crossbow and a mounted knight falling back, pierced by an arrow, gilt interior; 16 in. (41 cm.) high  Estimate £15,000 - £20,000 - Price Realized £18,750

Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit, 1 February 2011, London, South Kensington www..christies.com