Sleeve Cup, ca. 1670

  • Nicholas Wollaston, English, active 1627-1670

Silver, gold

  • Framed: Overall: 7 9/16 × 7 7/8 × 5 3/4 inches, 1 kg 189.4 g (19.2 × 20 × 14.6 cm, 2 pounds 10 ounces) Overall (cup): 4 7/8 × 7 7/8 × 5 3/4 inches (12.4 × 20 × 14.6 cm) Overall (cover): 2 15/16 × 5 1/4 inches (7.5 × 13.3 cm)

Booth American Company Centennial Gift in memory of Ralph Harman Booth, President of the Detroit Museum of Art, Founding President Arts Commission and Detroit Institute of Arts

1985.36

On View

  • British S3BB
  • British S3BB

Department

European Sculpture and Dec Arts

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Flowers (plants)
  • Cup
  • London
  • Eagles

This cup is one of only twenty-five known examples of English sleeve cups, so-called because of the pierced sleeve encasing the cylindrical cup and lid. The silver gilt cup intentionally shows through the sleeve, creating a rich interplay of silver and gold. The sleeve, cast and chased in high relief, depicts eagles with outstretched wings surrounded by dense foliate scrolls. The unusual eagle feet and finial are found on only one other sleeve cup (now in the collection of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London). Although the majority are not hallmarked, sleeve cups probably date to the reign of King Charles II (1660–85). These cups, masterpieces of the baroque silversmith's art, undoubtedly served as presentation gifts.

Provenance

Duke of Northumberland; (S. J. Shrubsole, New York, New York, USA); May 3, 1984, (Sotheby's, London, England) lot no. 53. Booth American Company (Detroit, Michigan, USA); 1985-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Antiques (January 1985): p. 59 (ill.). "Family Art Game," DIA Advertising Supplement, Detroit Free Press, May 18, 1986, p. 13 (ill.). Sales cat., Sotheby's. London, May 3, 1984, no. 53. Barnet, P. "From the Middle Ages to the Victorians." Apollo 124, no. 298 (December 1986): pp. 501-503. Darr, A.P. "European sculpture and decorative arts acquired by the Detroit Institute of Arts 1978-87." The Burlington Magazine 130 (June 1988): p. 496 (fig. 104).

Rights Status

Nicholas Wollaston, Sleeve Cup, ca. 1670, silver, gold. Detroit Institute of Arts, Booth American Company Centennial Gift in memory of Ralph Harman Booth, President of the Detroit Museum of Art, Founding President Arts Commission and Detroit Institute of Arts, 1985.36.