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Two-handled cup and cover

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The cup rests on a low trumpet-shaped foot. The body of the cup has slightly flaring sides and is lobed in six sections. The ear-shaped handles are modeled with an abstract organic motif, incorporating a serpent's head. The domed cover is also hexagonally lobed. The finial is urn shaped. ...

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Inscription

Armorials: Engraved in center panel on front and back of cup, the arms of Berkeley and Cotheridge, Worcester, possibly for Rowland Berkeley, Esq., of Cotheridge, high Sheriff of Worcester in 1764 and Member of Parliament for Droitwich in 1774; engraved in center panels on front and back cover, the crest of Berkeley Inscriptions: Inside cover and under foot, scratched, 47 00/3846

Marks

On rim (struck three times) and on inside cover, maker's mark a hound sejant in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 123; rev. ed. 1989, p. 120)

Provenance

R. B. Berkeley, Esq., Cotheridge Court, Worcester, sold Christie, Manson & Woods, London, June 13, 1929, lot 35, purchased by the Goldsmiths' and Silversmiths' Co., London; Richard C. Paine, Boston, sold Parke Bernet, New York, April 15, 1950, lot 57; purchased from Thomas Lumley, Ltd., London, September 18, 1958, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. £1,500.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), about 1650

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

H. 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.); W. 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.); Diameter (lid) 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.); Weight 1,459.6 gm (46 oz 18 dwt)

Accession Number

58.718a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver