Caudle cup (one of four)

about 1680


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

10.5 x 17.8 x 11.8 cm (4 1/8 x 7 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1991.495

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

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

Engraved in shaded roman letters "M : Church Plate" below center point.

Markings

Marked "I C" over a fleur-de-lis within a heart-shaped punch, on base near center point and on body between handles.

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