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Five miniature cups

Artist:
David Clayton (British, active 1689)
Date:
ca. 1720–30
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Each: 1/2 × 15/16 in. (1.3 × 2.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver-Miniature
Credit Line:
The Joseph M. and Aimee Loeb May Collection, 1963
Accession Number:
63.53.248–.252
Not on view
The production of miniature silver furniture and tea, coffee, and chocolate equipment was a specialty of goldsmiths known as "toy men." The miniatures were probably intended for dollhouses. From the mid-eighteenth century in England until the present, porcelain and fine earthenware miniatures have been made as well.
Marking: [1] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[2] maker's mark for David Clayton.

Location of marks:
[1] on neck of kettle; on underside of teapot; at side of coffeepot near rim.
[2] on underside of kettle, each side of handle, twice on rim of stand (incompletely struck), underside of lamp; on underside of teapot; on underside of coffeepot; on inside bottom of sugar bowl; underside of cream jug (partially struck); underside of each cup; inside each saucer; underside handle of each spoon.
Joseph M. and Aimee Loeb May (by 1941–63; to MMA)
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