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Two-handled cup and cover

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The cup is of bombé shape and rests on a low modeled foot. The two high car-shaped handles are in the form of intertwined serpents. The body of the cup is embossed overall with abstract auricular patterns incorporating grotesque masks and faces. The removable cover has an irregular outline...

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Inscription

Armorials: Engraved on the rim, the arms and crest of Evelyn impaling another

Provenance

Possibly John Evelyn (b. 1620 - d. 1706) and his wife, Mary Browne, London. 1963, sold by John Hunt (b. 1900 - d. 1976) London and Dublin, to the MFA for £2,800. (Accession Date: September 18, 1963)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

probably English (London), about 1660

Object Place

Probably London, England

Dimensions

H. 20 cm (7 7/8 in.); W. 19.1 cm ( 7 1/2 in.); D. 14.3 cm (5 5/8 in.); Weight 855.4 gm (27 oz 10 dwt)

Accession Number

63.1254a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver