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Wine Cup (one of a pair)

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The inverted bell-shape vessel rests above a small baluster stem and has a splayed, slightly domed foot with foot ring. The border of the elliptical cartouche is decorated with a wavy line that contains an alternating dot-and-leaf pattern.

Inscription

Within an ellipse on the bowl is inscribed "The Gift of / Elizth (Adams) Richardson / To [pellet] the [pellet] Church [pellet] of Christ / in / Medfeild" in script.

Marks

Stamped between rim of cup and inscription with "Z [four-pointed star] B" in roman letters within a rectangle. Ada Mark * F4591

Provenance

Funds were likely provided through a bequest of Elizabeth Adams (1694 – 1766), daughter of Henry Adams (1657 – 1733) and Prudence Frairy (1662 – 1750) of Medfield. She m. Solomon Clark (1678 – 1748) in 1740 and then Clark’s first cousin, Joseph Richardson (1687 – 1768), in 1756. The cups were made a gift to the Museum in 1980.

Credit Line

Gift of the First Church Parish, Unitarian, Medfield, in memory of Virginia Hagberg McQuillan

Standing cup

1767

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 16.6 x 9.5 cm, 0.23 kg (6 9/16 x 3 3/4 in., 0.51 lb.)

Accession Number

1980.491

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware