Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Two-handled cup with cover

William Gilchrist (Scottish, active 1736)
Scottish, Edinburgh
Gold, ebony
Overall (confirmed): 10 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in., 22 oz. 5.3 dwt (26 x 24.1 x 14 cm, 0.6925kg)
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
The Jules Bache Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
49.7.89a, b
Not on view
This gold cup was a race prize won on August 16, 1753, by Mr. Robert Fenwick’s bay mare, which was provocatively named Lady’s Thigh. The prize of one hundred guineas was put up by the king, and though the usual trophy was a gold teapot, in this case the winner chose to have a cup made. The unusual wood handles may have been used so that the allotted gold would make a larger cup.
Inscription: Engraved above arms of Edinburgh: [1] NISI DOMINUS FRUSTRA

Engraved above crest of Great Britain: [2] DIEU ET MON DROIT

Marking: [1] W G in oval (maker's mark for William Gilchrist)
[2] Triple towered castle on a rock (Edinburgh town mark)
[3] HG (assay master's mark of Hugh Gordon, used by him from 1744–59)
[4] Script X (date letter for 1752–53)

Location of marks:
All marks struck on bottom and on insetting rim of cover
Jules S. Bache (until 1949; to MMA)
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