Two-handled cup and cover

English (London)
about 1665
Marked by Unmarked


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 8.7 cm (3 7/16 in.); W. 11.6 cm (4 9/16 in.); Diameter (of rim) 7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.); Weight 271 gm (8 oz 13 dwt)

Accession Number

60.534a-b

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Gold

The cup rests on a low spreading foot that is chased with acanthus leaves. The body of the cup is of a slightly flared shape with a flat bottom. It is chased embossed overall with lobate ornament suggesting masks and foliage. Each S-shaped handle has a scrolled terminus and is surmounted by the head of a bird. The cover is slightly domed, with a plain rim and a circular handle in the form of a coiled serpent and an applied inn bezel. It is chased and embossed with lobate and foliate decoration similar to that on the body. The cup, cover, and foot are raised, embossed, and chased. The handles are cast, and the finial is formed of a piece of coiled engraved wire. The tip of one handle is a repair of base metal, cast after the origin handle.

Provenance

March 24, 1960, sold at Sotheby & Co., London, lot 41. 1960, sold by Thomas Lumley, Ltd., London, to the MFA for £1,050. (Accession date: May 11, 1960)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour