M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
VICTORIAN STAFFORDSHIRE WHITE-GLAZED FOX
HEAD STIRRUP CUP
Late 19th / Early 20th Century
The fox head with laid-back ears and upgazing eyes, decorated with
molded berries and leaves; bearing
collector’s label of M.A. Orme, whose collection of Staffordshire
pottery sold at Christie’s London, 1957; further provenance
Alasdair Sampson, London. This mold, although late Victorian, is
most appealing in both its modeling and expression, particularly in
the white form.
Provenance: Miss M.A. Orme Collection
of Staffordshire pottery, sold at Christie's in 1957; and Alistair
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 and date as early as 1670, the ceramic
the mask or head cups dating from c1770.
The drink traditionally
was port or sherry.
Condition : Excellent
Also Please See :
Scarce Staffordshire Pottery Stirrup Cup : Muzzled Bear
England, Early 19th Century
Staffordshire Creamware Fox Head Stirrup Cup
England, First Quarter 19th Century
Lead-Glazed Zoomorphic Sauceboat, Ralph Wood The Younger, c1775-80
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