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Ellenor M. Alcorn, Associate Curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses how in England, as in Europe, a rich display of silver was essential to the expression of power. Discover how English sovereigns from Elizabeth I to George III and their courtiers competed culturally on the international stage, commissioning silver and other luxury goods to establish their stature. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition British Silver: The Wealth of a Nation, on view May 15, 2012–January 20, 2013.
Recorded October 12, 2012
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Two-handled cup with cover
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 512
Marking:  Leopard's head (London assay office mark);
 Lion passant (London assay office mark);
 Gothic L (date letter for 1608–9);
 AB conjoined (unidentified maker's mark);
Location of marks:
- on cup near lip and on cover near shoulder of dome, greatly defaced
Rex Beaumont (until 1964; Important Early English and Irish Silver sale, Christie's, London, December 2, 1964, no. 29; to S.J. Phillips); [ S. J. Phillips (in 1964; sold to Irwin Untermyer, May 4, 1964) ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1964–68; to MMA)
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