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Standing cup and cover: M.5 & A-1994

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Current Location: In storage


Enameller: Lepec, Charles-Florent-Joseph




Copper, enamelled inside and outside

Copper enamelled in blue, green, dark red, shades of purple, black and white, and profusely and thickly gilded. The tazza has a shallow domed foot, a very slender trumpet-shaped stem with a slightly domed circular knop near the base, and a wide shallow bowl with a small filigree boss in the centre. The elements of the tazza are held together by an iron rod with a gilt nut at the bottom, which is within a circular depression in the centre of the gilt-metal plate which closes the base.The shallow, domed cover has a central filigree ring enclosing the green base on which the cast gilt cherub finial stands.
The tazza is decorated internally with a central black disk on which is a dark red circle, a wide zone with a gold ground decorated in black and shades of purple with a circular branching stem of delicate stylized foliage, buds, and flowers; a narrow black band with projecting groups of three pointed leaves form spandrels between eleven semi-circular motifs comprising a silver and black arch enclosing a half-flower, with blue and white rhomboidal petals with gold between their tips. On one side, the border is broken by the mark 'CHARLES LEPEC/-PARIS-/N 288.I.P.V.66' in gold below a coronet, and a dragon crest. The exterior is decorated en suite, but the border is broken by a stylized plant with acanthus-type leaves. The foot is decorated with the border, broken by a dragon crest.
The exterior of the cover is decorated en suite, but the border is broken at the front by a winged, crowned, and veiled three-quarter-length female nude terminating in foliage. She holds a laurel wreath in her right hand, and a palm branch in her left. The putto is orientated so that he aims his arrow over her. The interior of the cover is decorated en suite, but has a central gold disk decorated with Cupid riding a dragon. surrounded by a circular spray of foliage, and a border of alternately green and red triangles. The border is broken by the mark, 'CHARLES LEPEC/-PARIS-/N 287.I.P.V.1866' in bold below a crown and a crowned black swan or eagle crest.


History note: Alfred Morrison (1821-1897); sold by his widow, Mabel (1847-1933) at Christie, Manson & Woods, 25-7 January 1899, Objects of Oriental and European Art, first part of lot 390; sold to Marcus. Christie's, South Kensington, 20 September 1994, lot 70; H. Blairman & Sons, 119 Mount Street, London.

Legal notes

Purchased with the F. Leverton-Harris Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1994-11-21) by H. Blairman & Sons


19th Century, third quarter#
Production date: dated AD 1866

School or Style

Renaissance Revival
Second Empire (1852-70)

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, dark red, shades of purple, black and white) gold
Dover Diameter 14.5 cm
Rim Diameter 15 cm
Foot Diameter 8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Raising (metal forming process) : Copper, painted in blue, green, dark red, shades of purple, black and white enamels, and gold

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: CHARLES LEPEC/-PARIS-/N 288.I.P.V.66
  • Location: On tazza below the dragon crest
  • Method of creation: Painted in enamel
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: CHARLES LEPEC/-PARIS-/N 287.I.P.V.1866
  • Location: On cover, inside, below the black swan drest
  • Method of creation: Painted in enamel
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5 & A-1994
Primary reference Number: 156465
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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