Cup and Cover
Created by Charles E. Thomas
Usually date of exhibition rather than production
Object class: container
Material: metal - silver, animal - ivory, processed and vegetal - enamel
Description: Also called cup of the sea. The foot, engraved with crabs, shells and starfish is supported on three dolphin feet. Under is Neptune's trident. The hexagonal wood knop has applied ivory panels of dolphins and waves, this image being repeated in the support for the finial. The bowl has racing ships under sail with engraved waves and sea spray. The lid has a pierced frieze of sea birds. Inside there is a small enamelled medallion representing the birth of Venus. The finial is a mermaid modelled and cast by Thomas.
Notes: The cup was beaten up from a cast disc of solid silver about 3 1/2 inches wide as an experiment with an old process.
Makers, Owners and Exhibitors
Owned by The Goldsmiths' Company
Gifted by the artist to the Company in
Citing this record
'Cup and Cover', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/object.php?id=ann_1283515359, accessed 17 Apr 2014]