M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
STAFFORDSHIRE CREAMWARE FOX-HEAD STIRRUP CUP
England, 1st Quarter 19th Century
The white-glazed cup modeled as a fox head having straight-forward gaze with black picked-out pupils,
modeled fur, and upright ears, the "collar" a silver-luster rim
(the color distinctly cream)
The exact origin of the 'stirrup cup', or 'parting cup', is unknown.
However it seems tied to foxhunting,
when men gathering for the hunt on a cool morning would enjoy a drink as they departed.
As the cups were held on horseback, there was no need for a foot to the vessel.
The earliest were in silver (known as 'tot cups') and date as early as 1670,
the ceramic the mask or head cups dating from c1770.
The drink traditionally was port or sherry, sometimes brandy.
Condition : Excellent; only some wear to lustre and minute surface grazes on points of ears
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