Wine Cup

Joseph Foster American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704

By the end of the eighteenth century the traditional bell-shaped wine cup on baluster stem had evolved into an even more restrained model. Here, the ovoid body, horizontal ribbed ornament, and bright-cut engraving reflect the neoclassical idiom. Tall, cylindrical stems on stepped, circular bases and domed covers with acorn finials accentuate the verticality and dignity of this vessel and its mate (33.120.232a, b), which were made around 1800 for Boston’s Brattle Street Church. The mark of Joseph Foster, the pair's maker, appears on a considerable quantity of Boston-area church plate.

Wine Cup, Joseph Foster (1760–1839), Silver, American

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