Wine cup with cover

Maker: Mounts by Affabel Partridge (British, active ca. 1551–1580)

Date: ca. 1565

Culture: British, London mounts and Chinese porcelain

Medium: Chinese porcelain, silver-gilt

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Metalwork-Silver In Combination

Credit Line: Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968

Accession Number: 68.141.125a, b


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.