Cover for a Two-Handled Cup

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This is a lid for a two-handled cup. See cover record.


Due to its size and ornament, the vessel accompanying this lid may have functioned as a caudle cup, containing a mixture of ale or wine and bread, oatmeal, eggs, sugar, and spices that was given to women after childbirth to help them regain their strength. The scrolling foliage and exotic birds along the exterior of the cup were likely based on prints circulating in the 1600s. The reclining female figures capping the handles and the acanthus bud finial on the lid recall common architectural motifs.
Cover for a Two-Handled Cup

Cover for a Two-Handled Cup


England, London, 17th century (Charles II)

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