ANTIQUE 19thC RARE GEORGIAN SOLID SILVER FOX STIRRUP CUP, THOMAS WALLIS II c.1800

ANTIQUE 19thC RARE GEORGIAN SOLID SILVER FOX STIRRUP CUP, THOMAS WALLIS II c.1800

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19th Century Georgian silver stirrup cup, beautifully modelled as a snarling fox's mask, realistically chased with fur and parcel gilt, the underside incorporating an oval disc engraved with a motto "VENATIONI DATTR" (hunting related motto, "venatio" means "hunting" in Latin). The rim is applied with a reeded border, the inside is engraved "The Gift of Rob.t Moreton Wood to Will: Skelhorne 16th Dec 1801". Hallmarked English silver (925), London, year 1800 (E), Maker's mark TW for Thomas Wallis II.

 

REFERENCE NUMBER: A2535

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Description

Antique early-19th Century Georgian Solid Silver stirrup cup, beautifully modelled as a snarling fox's mask, realistically chased with fur and parcel gilt, the underside incorporating an oval disc engraved with a motto "VENATIONI DATTR" (hunting related motto, "venatio" means "hunting" in Latin). The rim is applied with a reeded border, the inside is engraved "The Gift of Rob.t Moreton Wood to Will: Skelhorne 16th Dec 1801".

Georgian stirrup cups modelled as foxes are extremely rare and sought after, please follow this link to a very similar example in the Harverd Art Museum (also bearing an oval cartouche), and this link to a George IV example sold in Christie's.

The cup is Hallmarked English silver (925 standard), London, year 1800 (E), Maker's mark TW (Thomas Wallis II, great silversmith).

Condition

In Excellent Condition - no damage.

Sizes

Height: 13cm
Width: 10 x 5.8cm
Weight: 160g