Print * Anglo Saxon 1525 Howard Grace Silver Standing Cup Drinking Vessel
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Print * Anglo Saxon 1525 Howard Grace Silver Standing Cup Drinking Vessel:
Print * Anglo Saxon Medieval 1525 Howard Grace Silver Standing Cup Drinking Vessel
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- Year Printed. . . 1964
- Type . . . Original Print
- Image . . Black & White
- Size . . . 5” x 4 3/4”
This is an original print from 1964 of a Scarce Anglo-Saxon drinking vessel from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Musuem.
This Standing Cup is made of ivory, with jeweled silver-gilt mounts bearing the date-letter for 1525. It forms a battleground between the Renaissance and Gothic styles.
The bands of ornament round the foot, the rim of the cover, and the base of the finial, may be clearly identified as being in the Renaissance style, while on the other hand, the figure of St. George which surmounts the cover is wearing armor of the late 15th century, and the pierced gallery a short distance below the bowl is entirely medieval in character.
A little more about this vessel:
This richly mounted 'Grace' Cup would have been passed around the dinner table after prayers had been said. It is a survivor from the English Tudor Court. The ivory bowl is said to have belonged to Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in his cathedral in 1170. Such relics of England's favourite saint were treasured until the English Reformation. When the gilded silver mounts were commissioned in 1525, the engraver was instructed to incorporate the initials of TB and a mitre on the cover. These alternate with the pomegranate badge of Catherine of Aragon. The cup was said to have been bequeathed to the queen by Sir Edward Howard (d. 1513), High Admiral to Henry VIII. The vital role played by prints in the dissemination of Renaissance styles to Northern Europe is revealed in some of the ornamentation on the cup which, like Henry VIII's writing desk, derives from the work of Hans Burgkmair. The cast marks and sheaves taken from an engraving by the artist are the earliest example of Renaissance influence in English goldsmiths' work. After Catherine of Aragon's death in 1536 the cup was returned to the Howard family, who were renowned both as devout Roman Catholics and as art collectors. It descended through successive generations of the family until it was brought by the Museum in 1931.
This print is in excellent condition – no aging, no tears. It has another photographic image on the reverse side.
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