Loving cup, Richard Williams, Silver, silver gilt, Irish, Dublin

Loving cup

Richard Williams
Irish, Dublin
Silver, silver gilt
Height: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
Not on view
This Dublin-made cup does not fit into any style of the period, but instead is inspired by vernacular forms that would have been made of humbler material—in this case, wood. Its everyday counterpart was probably much larger and likely to have been found on a farm. A romantic evocation of earlier times, the cup is unusual in its anticipation of a mid-nineteenth century movement of producing folk-type objects in precious materials.

The arms belong to an unmarried baronet of the Crofton family, and include two mottos in ancient Irish, which may reflect the owner's special interests. The maker, Richard Williams, was a Dublin goldsmith. The city was an important center for silver crafts in the eighteenth century.
Inscription: Monogram E C

Indecipherable engravings on banderoles above and below monogram

Scratched on underside of base: 10574

Motto on banderole above crest: Dat Deus incrementum [trans.: God gives increase]

Marking: [1] Z;
[2] R W pellet between in oval outline (maker's mark for Richard Williams);
[3] harp crowned (Dublin assay office mark);
[4] Hibernia (duty mark).

Location of marks:
On exterior foot rim below monogram E C
Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)