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Caudle cup

about 1680
Jeremiah Dummer (American, 1645–1718 American)


Object Place, Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 10

Dimensions

Overall: 7.9 x 8.1 cm (3 1/8 x 3 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

42.229

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Brown-Pearl Hall (Gallery LG35)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

Bulbous body, slightly flaring rim, stepped flat base, no center point. Lower body embossed with running design of flowers and foliage; pounced scrolls in open areas and short lines of graduted punches form upper edge. The concave neck is less planished than Dummer's plain caudle cups in the MFA. Cast handles, the upper halves tightly scrolled at the joining, have bird's head shoulders swallowing lower sections, with midway scroll and upturned birds' heads on lower tips (both bird necks looking more scaled than feathered). One handle almost broken from neck.

Inscription

Engraved H/R.M on bottom. Faint trace that different initials might be beneath.

Markings

ID fleur-de-lis below in heart twice on bottom and once on side

Provenance

1928, lent by Philip spalding; 1940, transfered to Mrs. Spalding; 1942, gift of Mrs. Spalding and children to MFA. (Accession date: April 9 and 16, 1942)

Credit Line

The Philip Leffingwell Spalding Collection—Given in his memory by Katharine Ames Spalding and Philip Spalding, Oakes Ames Spalding, and Hobart Ames Spalding