Edward Wakelin (British, active before 1748, died 1784)
Overall, cup with cover (confirmed): H. 14 1/2 x W. 11 7/8 x D. 7 3/16 in. (36.8 x 30.2 x 18.3 cm); Overall, base (confirmed): H. 2 1/4 x W. 6 7/8 x D. 6 7/8 in. (5.7 x 17.5 x 17.5 cm)
Purchase, Irene Roosevelt Aitken Gift, 2011
Not on view
This pair of cup was made for the Curzon family, important patrons of the architect Robert Adam. The bold profile, rich beading, and unusual square base represent an early foray into the neoclassical style. Although the design is not attributed, some motifs are apparently borrowed from the published designs of William Kent, an architect active a generation earlier.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: (on stand): This stand, cup, and cover/ were given by Dame Mary Curzon/ to Dorothy/ Wife of Assheton Curzon Esqr/ upon her Marriage/ Feb. 6:1766.
Marking: (on underside of cup and stand):  sponsor's (or maker's) mark: IP over EW;  lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);  Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);  M (date letter for 1766/7).
Dorothy Curzon (in 1766) ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. (by 2000; sold to Koopman) ] ; [ Koopman Rare Art (from 2000; sold to MMA) ]