Two-handled cup and cover

English (London)
about 1680
Marked by RC

Object Place: Europe, London, England


19.4 x 21.6 x 13.7 cm (7 5/8 x 8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver and silver gilt

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)





The cups rest on three ball feet. They are straight-sided with simple moldings at the rim and at the base and two S-shaped handles incorporating foliage and female heads. The body consists of a plain gilt inner lining with a pierced enter sleeve in the form of an open-ended cylinder. The sleeve is white, and is embossed and pierced with figures of putti and lions against a ground of acanthus foliage. The
flat covers are stepped, with twisted wire applied around the rim. Like the body, the cover consists of a plain gilt substructure with an openwork white sleeve that is embossed and pierced with figures and foliage. At the center is a finial in the form of a bud enclosed in a calyx of acanthus leaves. The ball feet are formed in two pieces and seamed. They are soldered to a disk with an applied wire rim. The inner body of the vessel is raised, and has an applied wire rim. It is fitted in the center of the base with a threaded post. The white sleeve is formed from two rectangular pieces, seamed, embossed, pierced, and chased. The sleeve fits over the vessel and is secured by the base, which is pierced to accommodate the threaded post. A marked circular plate with a shaped outline fits between the nut and the base. The raised cover has an applied inner bezel and a rim decorated with twisted wire. The white sleeve, which is raised, embossed, pierced, and chased, fits over a threaded post at the center of the cover. The finial, which is fabricated and cast, secures the sleeve.


On plate on underside of base of each, maker's mark RC three pellets above and below in a doted circle (Jackson, 1921, p. 139; rev. ed. 1989, p. 137) struck twice

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour