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Pair of cups with covers and stands

John Parker (British, active 1759–77)

Maker:
Edward Wakelin (British, active before 1748, died 1784)
Date:
1766/7
Culture:
British
Medium:
Silver-gilt
Dimensions:
Overall, cup with cover (confirmed): 14 1/2 x 11 7/8 x 7 3/16 in. (36.8 x 30.2 x 18.3 cm) Overall, base (confirmed): 2 1/4 x 6 7/8 x 6 7/8 in. (5.7 x 17.5 x 17.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Irene Roosevelt Aitken Gift, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.124.1a–c, .2a–c
  • Description

    This pair of cup was made for the Curzon family, important patrons of the architect Robert Adam. The bold profile, rich beading, and unusual square base represent an early foray into the neoclassical style. Although the design is not attributed, some motifs are apparently borrowed from the published designs of William Kent, an architect active a generation earlier.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: .1: On stand: This stand, cup, and cover/ were given by Dame Mary Curzon/ to Dorothy/ Wife of Assheton Curzon Esqr/ upon her Marriage/ Feb. 6:1766.

    .2: On stand: This stand Cup and Cover/ were given by Will to/ Assheton Curzon Esqr/ by Mrs Elizabeth Milnes/ 40 Years Servant to Lady Curzon/ 1767.

    Marking: .1: On underside of cup and stand: [1] sponsor's (or maker's) mark: IP over EW; [2] sterling mark (lion passant); [3] a London assay office mark (leopard's head crowned); [4] date letter for 1766/7 (M)

    .2: On underside of cup and stand, on bezel of cover: [1] sponsor's (or maker's) mark: IP over EW; [2] sterling mark (lion passant); [3] a London assay office mark (leopard's head crowned); [4] date letter for 1766/7 (M)

  • Provenance

    Dorothy Curzon (from 1766) ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. (by 2000; to Koopman) ] ; [ Koopman Rare Art (from 2000; sold to MMA) ]

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