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Wine cup with cover

Mounts by Affabel Partridge (British, active ca. 1551–1580)
ca. 1565
British, London mounts and Chinese porcelain
Chinese porcelain, silver-gilt
Overall (confirmed): 7 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in., 14 oz. 5 dwt. (18.7 x 13.3 x 13.3 cm, 0.443kg)
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.125a, b
Not on view
The red-glazed ground of this cup was originally decorated with a finely-drawn gold decoration which has now largely worn off. This style of painting in gold on a colored ground was produced in China primarily for the Japanese market, where it was termed kinrande ("gold brocaded.") Queen Elizabeth I was presented with a similar mounted cup in 1582.
Inscription: Scratched: [1] 9-10; [2] 8 9 IV TT

Marking: Struck: bird in shaped shield (maker's mark of Affabel Partridge)
the Rt. Hon. Montagu, first Lord Swaythling (until 1924; sale, Christie's, London, May 6–7, 1924, lot 115) ; William Randolph Hearst ; Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
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