Two-Handled Cup and Cover

The raised bell-shaped body rests on a domed, stepped foot. The foot is raised in several sections and chased with a broad band of basket weave. There is a heavy wire foot rim. The smooth body of the cup is divided at the middle by a horizontal molded wire. Above it are applied cast lambrequins, and beneath it alternating lambrequins and satyr's masks. A coat of arms is engraved in the central cartouch on each side. The harp-shaped handles, cast in two pieces and seamed vertically, are surmounted by scrolls. The domed, stepped cover is assembled from three raised sections joined by cast wires and moldings. There is a cast band of gadrooning around the rim, a row of bedflowers around the midsection, and a dome decorated with chased guilloche above. The whole is surmounted by a spherical finial cast in two vertical sections. There is a crack in the cover where two sections were joined. The dark gilding covers the inside of the foot and has presumably been renewed, but the burnishing marks and engraver's scribings are still visible.

Inscription

ARMORIALS: on one side, Royal Arms and Cipher of George I; on other side, arms of Edgcumbe differenced with a crescent for George Edgcumbe (1720-1795), second surving son of Richard, first baron Edgcumbre of Mount Edgcumbre (1680-1758)

Marks

On underside of foot, maker's mark SM (Grimwade 2588); leopard's head crowned (repeated on underside of cover); lion passant (repeated on underside of cover); date letter F(repeated on underside of cover).

Provenance

HRH Duke of Kent, sold Sotheby's, London, June 26, 1975, lot 63; S.J. Shrubsole, Corp., New York, purchased September 10, 1975, Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: September 10, 1975)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

Two-Handled Cup and Cover

  • English (London), 1721–22
  • Marked by Samuel Margas, free 1715, active in 1733
London, England
Dimensions
33.5 x 32.2 x 18 cm (13 3/16 x 12 11/16 x 7 1/16 in.) Weight: 2.579.9 gm (82 oz 19 dwt)
Medium or Technique
Silver gilt
Classification
Silver
Type
drinking vessel
Accession Number
1975.361a-b
On view
Simone and Alan Hartman Galleries (European Decorative Arts) - 241

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