Staffordshire Stirrup Cup, rare covered Boar’s Head c. 1870 SOLD

by Louis Wine

Staffordshire Stirrup Cup, rare covered Boar’s Head c. 1870

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Antique Staffordshire Stirrup Cup, rare, covered porcelain Boar’s Head form, c. 1870 The cup is exceptionally well coloured and molded with wonderful and rare hinged cover painted enameled scene of a boar hunt. Height: 2.8 inches. Condition: Good no restoration. Reflections from photography only. While the form had ancient Roman precedents, they were most popular throughout the late 18th and 19th centuries. This type of cup was often presented to a rider on horseback — while their feet were in the stirrups of the saddle – when they were departing or arriving home, often from the hunt. Stirrup cups ranged from shot glass size to large, fist-sized cups. The beverage served in them was often a wine or spirit-based punch. Elaborate, detailed examples of stirrup cups were made in silver, but less expensive versions were available in ceramic, most often made in Staffordshire, England. Staffordshire manufacturers produced a wide range of stirrup cups, most often in the form of the heads of animals related to the hunt. Foxes, boars, dogs, rabbits, and fish all found expression in the form of stirrup cups with the molding and glazes lending life-like character to each piece.

Louis Wine

Louis Wine Ltd., Toronto specialists in Antique Silver , Antique Jewellery & Decorative Arts, are a 4th generation family business.Louis Wine (1865-1946) founded the company in Dublin, Ireland in 1880. Louis Wine began selling to silver collectors in Dublin from a shop in historic Wellington Quay. In 1908, he located on Dublin's fashionable Grafton Street. To the firm came the worlds leading Georgian Silver collectors. Pieces by Paul de Lamerie, Paul Storr, Hester Bateman and Irish Georgian Silver were constantly on display. Our gallery run by Richard (Louis Wine's great grandson) at 150 Cumberland Street (Yorkville), Toronto, displays a range of fine Antique Silver, Old Sheffield Plate, Antique Jewellery & Decorative Arts from the 18th-20th century, including Bateman, Storr, Ramsden, Tiffany, Knox, Liberty, Jensen, Christopher Dresser.