Caudle cup (one of four)

about 1680
John Coney (American, 1655 or 1656–1722)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

10.5 x 18.5 x 12.4 cm (4 1/8 x 7 5/16 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1991.493

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

Cup is a raised, plain, gourd-shaped vessel with flaring rim, flanked by two cast scrolled handles.


John Coney produced at least seventeen caudle cups during his career. Of these, twelve were made for churches, including this set of four made for the church in Malden, Massachusetts, attesting to the adaptation of this domestic form for liturgical use.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

In shaded roman letters, engraved "M : C : Plate." on base above center point.

Markings

Marked twice "IC" with an annulet between, over a fleur-de-lis, within a heart-shaped punch, once on base at center, and once on body between handles, below rim.

Provenance

1911, lent by the First Church in Malden to the MFA; 1991, Gift of the First Church in Malden, Congregational to the MFA. (Accession date: June 26, 1991)

Credit Line

Gift of the First Church in Malden, Congregational