Two-handled cup and cover
Marked by AF
Object Place: Europe, London, England
H. 15.1cm (5 15/16 in.); W. 20.3 cm (8 in.); Diameter (of base) 13 cm (5 1/8 in.); Weight 954.4 gm (30 oz 13 dwt)
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The cup has a flat base and straight sides that are rectangular in section. The flat stepped cover has aplain rim and a central finial of a flattened bun shape. The surface of the cup and cover is decorated with open rounded arches enclosing symmetrical stylized foliage against a matted ground. The engraved coat of arms is enclosed in an oval reserve in the center panel and surrounded by mantling. The body of the cup is raised and the rim is thickened; the handles are cast and applied. The cover is raised, with an applied interior bezel; the finial is cast. The surface is flat chased against a matted background.
Armorials: Engraved in center panel on side of cup, the arms and crest of Smith for John Smith of St. Giles, Cripplegate, younger son of John Smith, Esq. of Stoke Prior
On base and on top of cover, maker's mark AF in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 124; rev. ed. 1989, p. 121); leopard's head crowned; date latter q; lion passant (on base only)
Philip Argenti, Esq.; purchased from Sotheby Parke Bernet, Monaco, December 1, 1975, lot 335 [S. J. Shrubsole, New York], purchased January 14, 1976, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour.
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour