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Cup: M/P.6 & A-1938

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Silversmith: Evans, John, silversmith


  • Cup
  • standing cup and cover



Silver-gilt with embossed and chased decoration and finial in the form of a woman holding a shield bearing initials

Silver-gilt, the deep U-shaped bowl has a slightly everted rim, and tucks in near the base. The bowl is divided into three areas, the first is the rim which is engraved with a delicate border of strapwork containing flowers and scrolling foliage. Beneath this is a moulded girdle, then a wide border of embossed and chased strapwork contining empty cartouches, grapes and scrolling foliage on a scalework ground. An applied rope border separates the last area which is embossed and chased with gadroons. The knopped stem is embossed and engraved and has three applied scroll brackets and three lions' masks. The bell-shaped foot is embossed and chased with acanthus leaves and strapwork containing sea monsters, grapes and scrolling foliage on a scalework ground. It stands on two foot rings with cast decorative borders. The domed cover (A) is similarly decorated but is also embossed with three winged angels' heads. The ornate knop supports a cast finial of a femaile holding a shild with is engraved with the monogram 'A' over 'C' over 'WK'.

Legal notes

L.D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 46.7 cm
Height: 18⅜ in
Weight: 1121 g
Weight: 36:1 oz:dwt

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


17th Century, Early#
James I
1613 CE - 1614 CE


The mark of initials IE, a bugle horn and three pellets below, in plain shield has been attributed to John Evans who had become free of the Goldsmiths' Company before 1691 and died before 1619

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of gold
Foot Diameter 14 cm Diameter 5½ in

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Raising : Silver-gilt, raised, embossed, chased and engraved

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 'A' over 'C' over 'WK'.

  • Location: On the finial
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Monogram
  • Text: leopard's head crowned
  • Location: On the top of the cover and the rim of the cup
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On the rim of the cup
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: Q
  • Location: On the top of the cover and the rim of the cup
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: 'IE' over an arch contining three pellets

  • Location: On the top of the cover and the rim of the cup
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.6 & A-1938
Primary reference Number: 139860
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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