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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2012.6
People
Thomas Pitts I, British (active c. 1744-1793)
Title
Stirrup Cup in the Form of a Fox's Head
Other Titles
Former Title: George III Antique English Silver Stirrup Cup
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
handle
Date
1771
Places
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Culture
British
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silver with gilt remnants
Dimensions
6 x 8 x 14 cm (2 3/8 x 3 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: engraved in oval cartouche on underside: Success / to the / Tettcots Hunt / and to the / death of the / Next
  • hallmark: Thomas Pitts' maker's hallmark on cup rim: T.P [Grimwade 2875]
  • hallmark: sterling silver standard hallmark on cup rim: [lion passant]
  • hallmark: London city hallmark on cup rim: [crowned leopard]
  • hallmark: 1771 date letter hallmark on cup rim: Q
Provenance
[J.H. Bourdon-Smith, London, England, sold]; to private collector, sold; [through Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Thomaston, ME, November 5-6, 2011, lot 646];[to S.J. Shrubsole, New York, NY, sold]; to Harvard Art Museums, 2012.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Paul Clarke Stauffer Fund
Accession Year
2012
Object Number
2012.6
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Steve on Steins and Other Important Things to Collect and Drink From, website, accessed February 15, 2012

Susanne Ebbinghaus, ed., Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, 2018), pp. 232-233, 366, cat. no. 70, repr. pp. 233, 366

Exhibition History

32Q: 2340 Cabinet Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014 - 04/26/2018

Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/07/2018 - 01/06/2019

Subjects and Contexts

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