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The urn-shaped cup rests on a doomed foot with a plain rim. The domed cover has a wide flange of shaped outline and rises to a finial in the shape of a two-handled urn surmounted by a flame. The surface is chased overall with a pattern of lobes with auricular chasing on their upper edges. The...

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Armorials: Engraved on cup and cover, the arms and crest of Ley surmounted by an earl's coronet for James Ley, third Earl of Marlborough, who was born January 28, 1617/18 and succeeded his father in 1638. He died June 2, 1665. Inscriptions: Engraved around the flange of cover, Regi, Patriae, Amico, Fidelis, in praelio navali adverus Batavos, strenui Ducis opera fungens, fortissimam animam exhalavit 3 Junii [sic] 1665 (Faithful to his king, his country and his friends, he breathed out his last soul on June 3rd, 1665, performing the duty of a zealous leader in a naval battle against the Dutch)


On rim of cup and on underside of flange of cover, maker's mark WW a fleur-de-lis and two pellets below in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 131; rev. ed. 1989, p. 128); leopard's head crowned; lion passant (repeated on rim of foot); date letter I


Before 1937, Lady Horner (unverified); May 5, 1937, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, lot 121, to Ernest Makower; by descent to Mrs. R. Makower; March 16, 1961, posthumous Makower sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 143, to Thomas Lumley Ltd., London; 1961, sold by Thomas Lumley to the MFA for £2,500. (Accession Date: September 20, 1961)

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), 1666–67

Object Place

London, England


H. 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.); W. 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); Diameter (of foot) 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.); Weight 718.9 gm (23 oz 2 dwt)

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