Two-handled covered cup

English (London)
1691–92
Marked by TM


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 17.6 cm (6 15/16 in.); W. 23 cm (9 1/16 in.); D. 16 cm (6 5/16 in.); Weight995 gm (32 oz)

Accession Number

64.518a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The circular salver rests on a low trumpet-shaped foot. The salver has a chased molded rim, and the plain surface is decorated overall with flat-chased ornament composed of asymmetrical shapes filled with matting supporting exotic foliage. The coat of arms is engraved within a central pattern of similar asymmetrical design. The cup rests on a plain foot. It has a gently rounded base, straight sides, and two S-shaped handles incorporating female heads and scrolls. The removable flat cover is stepped, with a plain rim and a finial in the form of an openwork calyx. The body of the cup is decorated overall in i pattern like that on the salver. The salver is formed from a sheet with an applied wire border. The foot is raised and applied. The surface of the cup, cover, and salver is flat-chased, matted, and gilt. The gilding, which covers the underside of the foot, appears to have been renewed. The raised bowl has a thickened rim and an applied cast foot and handles. The cover is formed from a sheet with an applied wire bezel. The finial, which is bolted through a central post to the cover, is composed of two cast and fabricated sections.

Inscription

Armorials: Engraved on the cup and the salver, the arms of the Commonwealth under the Protector, Oliver Cromwell

Inscriptions: Engraved on the foot of the salver and the cup, EC

Markings

On rim, maker's mark TM in monogram (Jackson, 1921, p. 138; rev. ed. 1989, p. 127); leopard's head crowned; lion passant; date letter V (repeated on cover)

Provenance

Lord Brownlow, Belton House, Lincolnshire, sold Christie, Manson & Woods, London, May 29, 1963, lot 22; purchased from Garrard & Co., London, April 8, 1964, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour